Straight to The Point: February 9

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Good morning, and happy Friday. Federal lawmakers were able to pass a budget deal that ended a brief government shutdown and funds the government through March 23. The state Senate and Assembly are adjourned until Monday. Committees from the chambers yesterday held a joint legislative budget hearing on the topic of taxes. Here’s the latest from credit union land:

star3 NCUA has released its agenda for the agency’s upcoming board meeting – The Point

star3 The board of directors at Cornerstone Community FCU in Lockport have named Eric M. Hepkins as the credit union’s next CEO – The Point

star3 Recognition Round-Up: Tyrone Muse, CEO of Visions FCU in Endwell, received a top honor from the Boy Scouts of America – The Point

star3 The House yesterday passed an important bill, the Mortgage Choice Act (H.R. 1153), which would provide relief to mortgage lenders by excluding certain charges from the points and fees calculation – CUNA

star3 The New York credit union movement has ties to the Olympics: Erin Hamlin—a luger for Team USA and the daughter of Utica District Telephone EFCU Board Chair Ronald J. Hamlin—was named Team USA’s flag bearer – Post Standard

star3 Consumers have mixed feelings about chatbots and other types of artificial intelligence, but they’re spending more because of them – CU Times

star3 An increasing share of non-homeowners said in a survey that the primary reason they currently do not own is because they are unable to afford it – HousingWire

star3 A majority of parents who cosigned on a private student loan say their credit scores have been negatively affected as a result – CUToday

star3 The 12 month period ending in June 2017 saw the biggest decline in bank branches in decades – New York’s State of Mind

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