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    First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. to Attend Sterne Agee Financial Institutions Investor Conference

    Buffalo, N.Y. – February 12, 2014 - First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FNFG) today announced that President and Chief Executive Officer Gary M. Crosby and Chief Financial Officer Gregory W. Norwood will be attending the Sterne Agee Financial Institutions Investor Conference on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, FL. Mr. Crosby and Mr. Norwood will be available during the course of the day for one-on-one investor meetings. ... 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 Gives a Helping Hand to Habitat for Humanity

    The First Niagara Foundation and Habitat for Humanity will be working together to completely renovate a home located at 64 North Parade Avenue in Buffalo. Employees of the bank will be working at the house throughout the week of June 4th, to help a local family in need make their dream of home ownership a reality. ... more


    First Niagara Healthcare Banking Group Provides $4.35MM in Financing to New Haven’s Leeway Inc. Nursing Home

    New Haven, Conn. – March 10, 2015 – First Niagara Financial Group (Nasdaq: FNFG) today announced a $4.35MM financing package to help Leeway of New Haven expand their 40-bed skilled nursing facility. Leeway provides medical, residential and behavioral health services to people living with chronic illnesses associated with HIV/AIDS. ... more


    First Niagara helps Children and Youth Succeed with $12,500 donation to the Samaritan Counseling Center of the Southern Tier

    The Samaritan Counseling Center of the Southern Tier is pleased to announce it has received a $12,500 donation from First Niagara to support youth counseling. “We are thrilled to have the support of First Niagara,” said Executive Director of the Samaritan Counseling Center, Marian Towers. “This funding will allow us to continue our work with children and young adults, helping them to reach their full potential. ... more


    First Niagara Helps Create Opportunities for Local Youth in Urban Agriculture

    The First Niagara Foundation and the Massachusetts Avenue Project, Inc. will be working together to foster youth leadership and create an environmentally and economically sustainable regional food system through the “Growing Green” program. The program creates innovative and meaningful jobs for disadvantaged youth, while also increasing access to healthy food options in Buffalo’s neighborhoods. Fresh fruits and vegetables are grown in an urban setting, while students learn about food systems. ... more


    First Niagara Helps Host a Community Baby Shower with United Way

    First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. and the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County are hosting a community baby shower to benefit at-risk moms. It is part of a community-wide effort to collect brand new essential baby items to help newborns have a stronger start, giving them the supplies they need for a healthy beginning. ... more


    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


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