Denise Doring VanBuren
Vice President of Public Relations, Central Hudson Gas
& Electric Corp.
Denise Doring VanBuren graduated from Mount Saint Mary College
with a master’s degree in Business Administration and from St.
Bonaventure University, with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism.
With more than three decades of experience in the communications
and media relations fields, VanBuren is currently Vice President of
Public Relations at Central Hudson Gas & Electric, where she is
responsible for all facets of the utility’s public relations,
serves as a spokesperson, and administers community relations
From 1998 to the present, Ms. VanBuren has held vital
communications positions within Central Hudson Gas & Electric,
including Corporate Secretary & Vice President of Corporate
Communications, Vice President Public Affairs & Energy
Efficiency, Vice President Corp. Communications & Community
Relations, Assistant Vice President Corporate Communications,
Manager of Corporate Communications, and Director of Media
Ms. VanBuren serves her community in many ways. She is on the
Board of Directors of Dutchess Tourism, Inc.; Editor-in-Chief of
the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s
“American Spirit” magazine (2004–present); and Organizing Secretary
General of the National Society of the DAR (2013-2016).
She also serves with the following organizations: Dutchess
Community College, MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester
Medical Center, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Elant
Healthcare System, Fishkill Rural Cemetery, Locust Grove Samuel
F.B. Morse Historic Site, Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist
College, Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Cancer Society, and
the Dutchess County Historical Society.
Ms. VanBuren currently lives in Chelsea, NY with her husband,
Christopher G. Barclay. She has three sons: Schuyler (25), Troy
(23), and Brett (19).
Anthony P. Costa
Chairman and Co-CEO, Empire State Bank
Mr. Costa was born and raised in Newburgh and attended school
there. He graduated from Ithaca College where he earned a BS in
accounting. Mr. Costa also graduated from the National School of
Banking program at Brown University. He has over 48 years of
community banking service experience in the Mid-Hudson Valley.
Since July of 2004, Mr. Costa has been Chairman and CEO of Empire
State Bank. Empire State Bank, NA was organized and opened in July
of 2004 with Mr. Costa as Chairman of the Board and CEO. Between
1994 and 2001 respectively he served as Chairman and CEO of
Atlantic States Financial, a risk management company, and Atlantic
States Mortgage Corp., a licensed mortgage broker. In early 2004,
Mr. Costa organized Empire State Bank, NA to serve the communities
in and around Orange County and Ulster County, New York.
On June 28, 2004 Empire State Bank, NA commenced operations and
is now a $200 million company serving the Mid-Hudson, Staten
Island, and Brooklyn areas. Mr. Costa serves as the Chairman and
Co-CEO of Empire State Bank.
Mr. Costa has held executive positions at First Inter-Bancorp,
Inc., a publicly traded company, as President and Chief Operating
Officer (from 1990-1994) and at Mid-Hudson Savings Bank, a
wholly-owned subsidiary of First Inter Bancorp, Inc. He was
President and CEO of Inter County Savings Bank from 1970 until 1990
when Inter County and Mid-Hudson Savings Bank joined together under
the 1st Inter-Bancorp, Inc. logo.
He currently serves, or has served, on the Board of Directors
and/or committees for a number of community-related and
professional organizations such as the Mid-Hudson Family Health
Institute, the People for People Fund, The Institute for Family
Health in NYC, New York Bankers Association, Benedictine Hospital,
The American Bankers Association, The Nora Cronin Presentation
Academy, Bishop Dunn Memorial School, SUNY New Paltz Foundation,
and the Orange County Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Costa resides in Gardiner, New York with his wife, Andrea,
and enjoys spending time with his four children and six