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Issuer Delisting; Notice of Application to Withdraw From Listing and Registration on the American Stock Exchange LLC (Northeast Pennsylvania Financial Corp., Common Stock, $.01 par value) File No. 1-13793

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Start Preamble August 9, 2002.

Northeast Pennsylvania Financial Corp., a Delaware corporation (“Issuer”), has filed an application with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”), pursuant to section 12(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) [1] and Rule 12d2-2(d) thereunder,[2] to withdraw its Common Stock, $.01 par value (“Security”), from listing and Start Printed Page 53368registration on the American Stock Exchange LLC (“Amex” or “Exchange”).

The Issuer stated in its application that it has met the requirements of Amex Rule 18 by complying with all applicable laws in effect in the state of Delaware, in which it is incorporated, and with the Amex's rules governing an issuer's voluntary withdrawal of a security from listing and registration. The Issuer's application relates solely to the Security's withdrawal from listing on the Amex and from registration under section 12(b) of the Act,[3] and shall not affect its obligation to be registered under section 12(g) of the Act.[4]

The Board of Directors (“Board”) of the Issuer unanimously approved a resolution on April 30, 2002 to withdraw the Issuer's Security from listing on the Amex and trade its Security on the Nasdaq National Market. In making the decision to withdraw its Security from the Amex, the Board states that trading on the Nasdaq National Market will provide increased exposure among its investors and improve the liquidity of its Security. The Board also believes it is in the best interest of the Company's stockholders.

Any interested person may, on or before August 30, 2002, submit by letter to the Secretary of the Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20549-0609, facts bearing upon whether the application has been made in accordance with the rules of the Amex and what terms, if any, should be imposed by the Commission for the protection of investors. The Commission, based on the information submitted to it, will issue an order granting the application after the date mentioned above, unless the Commission determines to order a hearing on the matter.

For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[5]

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Jonathan G. Katz,


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[FR Doc. 02-20770 Filed 8-14-02; 8:45 am]