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With the fury of Hurricane Sandy behind us, but the long road to recovery ahead for many of our customers, we are committed to helping our communities rebuild.
To address the short-term needs of those in immediate crisis, we are working with the Red Cross to collect donations. Customers can drop off donations for the Red Cross at any First Niagara Branch.
The funds collected will be used to provide food, shelter, and basic services to those affected by the storm in New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. To kick off this donation drive, First Niagara has donated $112,000 to the Red Cross fund and eight regional food banks.
If you can’t make it in to a branch, you can donate immediately at RedCross.org.
Our team will work with impacted customers on Loan Payment Hardship Deferrals or payment amendment options for installment loans, lines of credit, and mortgage products through the end of 2012. If you are interested in exploring this option please call 1-800-421-0004 or your local First Niagara branch.
Storm Relief Fee Refund
To our customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Eastern New York, and Eastern Pennsylvania whose lives were disrupted by the storm, we will provide refunds for the following fees incurred between October 29 and October 31.
First Niagara will refund:
If you incurred one of these fees, we will automatically rebate your account. You will see these refund transactions listed within Online Banking and on your monthly statement as "Storm Relief Refund." To request a relief refund outside of this time frame, please call our Customer Contact Center.
YouFirst Neighbor Loans
As some of our hardest hit neighbors start the process of rebuilding, we are also offering our YouFirst Neighbor loan program in affected areas. This low-interest rate, expedited loan program will be available to our customers through December 31.
Full details on YouFirst Neighbor Loans
Business Recovery Program
While we all try to get back to normal, as a business owner or manager, this may be an even tougher time for you. With not only home concerns but business needs to address, you may find yourself struggling to put together a business recovery plan.
To help, we have made capital available for our business customers to get the cash and other resources you may need to get your business back up and running as quickly as possible.
For more information about our Business Recovery Program call your existing First Niagara Business Banker or 1-800-421-0004.
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