Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

       Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 30, 2005

                        NEW YORK COMMUNITY BANCORP, INC.
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

          Delaware                       0-31565                06-1377322
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(State or other jurisdiction      Commission File Number    (I.R.S. Employer
  of incorporation or                                       Identification No.)

                  615 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, New York 11590
                    (Address of principal executive offices)

       Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (516) 683-4100

                                 Not applicable
          (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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                           CURRENT REPORT ON FORM 8-K

Item 1.01         Entry Into Material Definitive Agreement

     Effective December 30, 2005, the Board of Directors of New York Community
Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company") accelerated the vesting of, and vested, all
unvested options to acquire the Company's common stock that were outstanding at
that date (the "Acceleration"). A total of 1.4 million options, of which 86.5%
were originally scheduled to vest on January 21, 2006, were impacted by the
Acceleration. As a result of the Acceleration, and based on estimated
Black-Scholes value calculations, the Company expects to avoid recognition of
pre-tax compensation expense related to the accelerated options of approximately
$864,000 in 2006 and $22,000 in 2007 that the Company otherwise would have had
to recognize when the Company becomes subject to the requirements of Financial
Accounting Standards Board Statement No. 123R "Share-Based Payment" on January
1, 2006. Under applicable accounting guidance, the Company currently does not
expect to record a charge related to the Acceleration. All other terms and
conditions of the accelerated options remained unchanged as a result of the


     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

     December 30, 2005              NEW YORK COMMUNITY BANCORP, INC.
                                    /s/ Joseph R. Ficalora
                                    Joseph R. Ficalora
                                    President and Chief Executive Officer