Press Release
Approval of the Application by First Americano Financial Corporation
November 4, 2005

NEW YORK–The Federal Reserve Bank of New York Friday approved the application by First Americano Financial Corporation, Elizabeth, New Jersey, to become a bank holding company through the acquisition of First BankAmericano, Elizabeth, New Jersey, pursuant to Section 3(a)(1) of the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, as amended.

According to standard procedure, the proposal cannot be completed for 15 days. The Reserve Bank acted under authority delegated by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.