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Buffalo, NY —February 5, 2015— First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FNFG) now offers its MasterCard consumer credit and consumer debit cardholders access to Apple Pay, a new category of service that will transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay. Apple Pay is easy to set up and users will continue to receive all the rewards and benefits offered by their First Niagara credit and debit cards.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
FIRST NIAGARA LEADS $68 MILLION RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT LOAN ON BROADWAY IN EVERETT, MA
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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