This excerpt taken from the BRKL DEF 14A filed Mar 11, 2005.
Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of
March 15, 2005
We cordially invite you to attend the Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company"). The Annual Meeting will be held at the Brookline Holiday Inn, 1200 Beacon Street, Brookline, Massachusetts 02446, at 10:00 a.m. on April 21, 2005.
The enclosed Notice of the Annual Meeting and Proxy Statement describe the formal business to be transacted. During the Annual Meeting we will also report on the operations of the Company. Directors and officers of the Company will be present to respond to any questions that stockholders may have. Also enclosed for your review is our Annual Report to Stockholders, which contains detailed information concerning the activities and operating performance of the Company.
The business to be conducted at the Annual Meeting consists of the election of five directors to the Board of Directors of the Company, the approval of the Company's Annual Senior Executive Officer Incentive Compensation Plan and the ratification of the appointment of KPMG LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm for the Company for the year ending December 31, 2005. For the reasons set forth in the Proxy Statement, the Board of Directors recommends a vote "FOR" the election of directors, "FOR" the approval of the Incentive Compensation Plan and "FOR" the ratification of the appointment of the Company's independent registered public accounting firm.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, we urge you to sign, date and return the enclosed proxy card as soon as possible, even if you currently plan to attend the Annual Meeting. This will not prevent you from voting in person, but will assure that your vote is counted if you are unable to attend the meeting. Your vote is important, regardless of the number of shares that you own.
P. Chapman, Jr.