Update 12/17/08: The rates for these special CDs have fallen. Please check the bank's website for the latest rates.
East River Bank continues to offer competitive CD specials. The rate has fallen a little since my November 7th post, but it's still competitive. The yield as of 12/16/08 is 4.05% APY for terms of 10, 14 and 20 months.
The bank continues to offer a checking account called Ultimate Checking which pays 3.65% APY for balances of at least $100. I couldn't read the small print of the promotion page, so I called to see if this is a reward checking account. According to the CSR, it's not. There are no other requirements to receive the 3.65% APY, and there is no balance cap. However, the rate can change at any time.
The bank has two offices located in Philadelphia, PA.
East River Bank continues to have solid ratings for financial soundness: 4 stars (excellent) at BauerFinancial and 4 stars (sound) at Bankrate.com. Both are based on 9/30/08 data.
East River is a new bank that was just established in 2006. It's FDIC insured (FDIC Certificate # 58171).