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    First Niagara Helps Provide Educational Enrichment Opportunities for Local Youth

    The First Niagara Foundation and Willie Hutch Jones Educational and Sports Programs are partnering to provide instruction for local children, at no cost, in fundamental life skill development, sports skill development, as well as academic support in science and math. ... more


    First Niagara Helps to “Sweep” City Streets for Clean Sweep Initiative

    The First Niagara Foundation, Mayor Byron Brown and the City of Buffalo Save Our Streets Task Force are working together to make improvements to the City’s Fruit Belt neighborhood. Employees of the bank volunteered their time today as part of the City’s Clean Sweep Initiative, helping Mayor Brown and the Save Our Streets Task Force address quality of life issues in the area. ... more


    First Niagara helps young entrepreneurs do great things

    The Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) Foundation, Ashoka's Youth Venture, First Niagara Bank and other sponsoring CBA member banks from across the country are proud to announce the regional winners of the annual Banking on Youth Competition. ... more


    First Niagara Introduces $500,000 Rochester Microloan Program

    BUFFALO, N.Y. – March 5, 2014 - First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FNFG) today announced the launch of a microloan fund to boost small business creation and expansion in Rochester. The bank will make $500,000 available to businesses that do not qualify for conventional funding. Loan amounts will range up to $25,000 and eligible uses include acquisition of real estate property, construction and rehabilitation, equipment/machinery purchases, inventory and working capital. ... more


    First Niagara Introduces Newly Enhanced Small Business Offerings

    New product launch showing First Niagara’s continued commitment to providing products and services that benefit Small Business customers ... more


    First Niagara Investment Services’ Larry Orsini Recognized as a Top 20 Program Manager

    Buffalo, NY – May 8, 2014 –First Niagara Investment Services Managing Director Larry Orsini was recognized as a Top 20 Program Manager by Bank Investment Consultant (BIC), a leading financial services industry magazine. Only a select group of bank and credit union investment program managers were recipients of this prestigious recognition. The list recognizes the managers of the most productive bank and credit union-based advisors. The ranking is based upon five main factors, including average production per advisor, percentage growth of team assets from the previous year, percentage growth of team production from the previous year, the number of advisors under the manager’s direct supervision and the number of licensed branch employees under the supervision of the program manager. ... more


    First Niagara Launches its Fifth Annual Mentoring Matters Program


    First Niagara Launches Next Generation of Mobile Banking Services

    BUFFALO, N.Y., February 4, 2014 – First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FNFG) announced today that it has launched new capabilities to its mobile banking application available for Smartphone users. The app, which is available on iPhone, Android and Blackberry, was initially released in January 2013. The bank now has more than 140,000 unique mobile banking users. ... more


    First Niagara Launches Private Insurance Exchange

    BUFFALO, N.Y., Thursday, April 3, 2014 – First Niagara Benefits Consulting (FNBC), a division of First Niagara Risk Management, Inc., announced today its launch of the First Niagara Benefits Exchange. This private insurance exchange can accommodate a wide range of employer contribution approaches to offering employee benefits. This exchange will be offered to businesses with 100 or more employees. ... more



    BOSTON, Mass. – January 27, 2014 – First Niagara Financial Group (Nasdaq: FNFG) today announced it recently arranged $68 million in financing package to support the construction of a 328-unit multi-family development in Everett, MA, to be known as the Batch Yard. The development is a joint venture between Fairfield, CT-based, Post Road Residential Inc., and a CT-based institutional investor, and is being constructed at the site of the former Charleston Chew candy factory near the intersection of Broadway and the Revere Beach Parkway. ... 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 Names Gary M. Crosby to Serve as President and Chief Executive Officer

    BUFFALO, N.Y., December 19, 2013 – First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FNFG) today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Gary M. Crosby as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. He also joins the company’s Board. Mr. Crosby, 60, has served as First Niagara’s interim President and CEO since March 2013. ... more


    First Niagara Names Inder Koul as Chief Information Officer

    First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FNFG) named Inder Koul to serve as the regional bank’s Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO), and promoted Jeff Semonovich to serve as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Enterprise Services and IT Program Governance, reporting to Koul. ... more


    First Niagara Names Jeanneen Griffin to Lead Regional Commercial Real Estate Lending Team

    NEW HAVEN CT. – May 20, 2013 – First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. named Jeanneen V. Griffin to serve as First Vice President and Team Leader, Commercial Real Estate Lending for the bank’s New England and Tri-State Regions. Specifically, Griffin will manage a sizable commercial real estate loan portfolio and lead an experienced team of CRE lenders focused on developing business with middle market and institutional owners/developers throughout Connecticut, New York Metro, Westchester County and Northern New Jersey. Target transactions range from $5 million to $100 million for properties including multifamily, office, grocery-anchored and single credit tenant retail, and warehouse/distribution. ... 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 Westchester Native to Serve as Tri-State Regional President

    First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. named Cathie A. Schaffer to serve as Regional President for the bank’s newly formed Tri-State Region, which includes markets in Lower Hudson Valley, Fairfield County, CT and Northern New Jersey. ... more


    First Niagara Offers Low Interest Loans to Aid in Recovery from Recent Flooding

    First Niagara Bank, N.A. is making low-interest loans available to its Central New York customers in response to an immediate need for emergency funds following recent flooding. The special loan program is available to individuals in the Chenango, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida and Montgomery counties who have been affected by the recent flooding. ... more


    First Niagara Offers the YouFirst Neighbor Loan to Aid Customer Recovery from Winter Storm “Knife”

    BUFFALO, NY – November 21, 2014 – First Niagara Bank, N.A. announced today that it is offering its YouFirst Neighbor Loan program to aid Western New York homeowners impacted by Winter Storm “Knife.” ... more


    First Niagara Partners with City of Rochester to Donate Former Bank Branch to Lexington Avenue Federal Credit Union to Ensure Ready Community Access to Financial Services


    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


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