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    First Niagara Risk Management Promotes Bill Hartz to Senior Vice President

    BUFFALO, N.Y., - First Niagara Risk Management, Inc. (FNRM), the wholly owned insurance subsidiary of First Niagara Bank and its parent, First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FNFG), announced today the promotion of Bill Hartz to senior vice president. He leads the company’s health and welfare practice. “Bill’s experience and extensive industry knowledge are a tremendous combination,” said Kirk Jensen, managing director, FNRM. ... more



    NEW HAVEN, Conn. – December 4, 2013 – First Niagara Financial Group (Nasdaq: FNFG) today announced it has completed a $13.3 million dollar construction and permanent mortgage to Mill Commons LLC, of Farmington, CT. Mill Commons is a recently completed, 88-unit, award-winning luxury apartment community located in Simsbury, CT. ... more


    $20,000 Grant from First Niagara Foundation Supports Historic Hudson Valley’s Educational Programs

    SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY (December 2013) – First Niagara Foundation is helping bring history to life for some 20,000 schoolchildren, many from underserved communities. Each year, thousands of children visit Historic Hudson Valley’s (HHV) National Historic Landmark sites to participate in hands-on, curriculum-based workshops. As the first corporate sponsor of these school programs, First Niagara today presented HHV with a $20,000 grant to help support education at Philipsburg Manor and Van Cortlandt Manor. ... more


    First Niagara Bank Recognized for Consumer-Friendly Banking

    BUFFALO, NY – November 21, 2013 - First Niagara Bank (NASDAQ: FNFG) has been recognized by personal finance website NerdWallet for its consumer-friendly products and services. First Niagara Bank was selected as a “best bank” for Online/Mobile Banking and Branch/ATM access ... more


    First Niagara’s Building Renovation Shows Commitment to Niagara County and Efficiency Initiatives

    BUFFALO, N.Y., November 7, 2013 – First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FNFG) today announced the completion of the renovation and efficiency upgrades to its Administrative Center at 6950 S. Transit Road in Lockport, New York. The project covered over 66,000 thousand square feet of space, took a year to complete and improved the efficiency and utilization of the building by 30 percent. The project diverted more than 150 tons of debris from area landfills through recycling and reuse. One-third of the construction products used in the building contained recycled materials, and most of the materials used for the project were manufactured within a 500 mile radius. ... more


    First Niagara Names John Kenefick, Senior Vice President, Central Underwriting Credit Manager

    BUFFALO, N.Y. November 18, 2013 –First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FNFG) announced today it has named John Kenefick, a 25-year financial services veteran, as Senior Vice President, Central Underwriting Credit Manager ... more


    First Niagara Names Alexander Gress Treasurer

    BUFFALO, N.Y., November 14, 2013 – First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:FNFG) named Alexander Gress, an executive with broad financial services experience at multiple top-tier companies, to serve as its Senior Vice President and Treasurer. ... more


    First Niagara Teammates to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness Among The “Irreplaceable” Women in Their Lives

    BUFFALO, N.Y., October 30, 2013 – As part of October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FNFG) designated October 30th as Project Irreplaceable Day for its 5,800 teammates, after learning of the important efforts of one of its employees to raise awareness about breast cancer. ... more


    First Niagara Foundation Donates $1.0 Million to Support Youth Mentoring

    BUFFALO, N.Y., October 28, 2013 – The First Niagara Foundation is donating $1.0 million to fund youth mentoring programs designed to help close the achievement gap, help children improve school attendance and performance, prevent substance abuse and behavioral problems, and give at risk youth a chance to reach their full potential. ... more


    First Niagara Promotes John Golding to Senior Director of Small Business Banking

    BUFFALO, NY - October 21, 2013 – First Niagara Financial Group has promoted John Golding to senior director of small business banking. Golding joined First Niagara in December 2012 as retail banking director for the company’s Tri-State Region. In his new role, Golding will develop and implement First Niagara’s small business strategy across its four-state footprint and will maintain the day to day operations of the company’s small business organization, serving customers with revenues up to $2MM. Golding will lead a team of 50 small busines ... more


    First Niagara Provides $22.8 Million Loan for Construction of New WESTMED Medical Group Building

    PURCHASE , NY (October 2013) -- First Niagara's Commercial Real Estate Group has announced closing on a $22.8 million construction loan for the development of a new 85,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art medical office building in Purchase, NY. ... more


    First Niagara Expands Commercial Banking Team With Addition of Senior Credit Manager

    NEW HAVEN, C.T. October 10, 2013 – First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: FNFG), today announced the addition of Senior Credit Manager Laurentia (Laurie) Price to its Commercial Banking team. Price will lead a team of underwriters and two regional credit managers, who are responsible for ensuring the credit quality of First Niagara’s middle market and business banking portfolios, and for overseeing underwriting activities for the Tri-State and New England Regions. ... more


    First Niagara Presents Music for Youth with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

    BUFFALO, N.Y., October 22, 2013 – The First Niagara Foundation and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra are pleased to present the Music for Youth concert series. Nearly 40,000 students from across Western New York in grades K-12 will participate in the program over the course of the season. ... more


    First Niagara Reports Third Quarter 2013 Results

    First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FNFG) today reported net income available to common shareholders of $71.6 million or $0.20 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2013, highlighted by strong balance sheet growth, consistent credit quality and positive operating leverage. ... more


    First Niagara Commercial Finance Names National Director of New Business Development

    BUFFALO, N.Y. October 15, 2013 – First Niagara Commercial Finance, the asset-based lending arm of First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: FNFG), recently welcomed Keith Broyles as National Director of New Business Development. In his new role, Broyles will lead a team of new business development officers in building the bank’s asset-based lending (ABL) portfolio; identifying growth opportunities; and screening and closing out ABL transactions. Broyles will work out of First Niagara Commercial Finance (FNCF) headquarters in Dedham, Massachusetts and will report directly to FNCF President Larry Favre. ... more


    First Niagara “Steps In” to Support Volunteers of America

    Buffalo, N.Y., October 2, 2013 – The First Niagara Foundation and Volunteers of America of Western New York, Inc. will be working together to implement a financial component to the Step by Step program. Step by Step, an outreach program of Volunteers of America, provides highly structured workshops for women currently serving in the Monroe County and Albion State Correctional Facilities, as well as women in residential treatment programs. Step by Step features workshops designed to provide the skills necessary for women to rebuild their lives, attain self-sufficiency and achieve greater financial independence. ... more


    First Niagara Appoints Tom Faughnan to Lead Mortgage Banking

    First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FNFG) today announced the promotion of Tom Faughnan to Senior Director of Residential Mortgage. Faughnan will be responsible for developing and executing on the company’s overall strategy and financial goals as well as managing day-to-day operations for the company’s residential mortgage business. He joined First Niagara in 2010 as Senior Vice President of Residential Lending. ... more


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    CTG CEO James Boldt Appointed to First Niagara’s Board of Directors

    BUFFALO, N.Y., August 6, 2013 – The Board of Directors of First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FNFG) announced that James R. Boldt was appointed to serve as a director of the company and First Niagara Bank, N.A. Boldt is chairman and chief executive officer of Computer Task Group, Incorporated (CTG), a NASDAQ-listed international information technology services and solutions firm. He also serves as a director and the chairman of the audit committee of the Board of Directors of Sovran Self Storage, Inc., a NYSE-listed real estate investment trust. ... more


    First Niagara Supports Niagara Falls Neighborhood Housing Services Inc.

    BUFFALO, N.Y., August 1, 2013 – The First Niagara Foundation and Niagara Falls Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. are partnering to provide educational support for first time home buyers in Niagara Falls. ... more


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