updated 10/30/2010 1:15:19 AM ET 2010-10-30T05:15:19

BUFFALO, N.Y., Oct. 29, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:FNFG) announced today that investors will have an opportunity to listen to a webcast of the Company's strategy and outlook as it presents at the Stifel Nicolaus Bank and Thrift Conference at approximately 3:25 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 2, 2010.  The conference presentation will be webcast and can be accessed by visiting http://www.corporate-ir.net/ireye/confLobby.zhtml?ticker=FNFG&item_id=3423207 . The presentation will also be available for viewing in the presentations link within the investor relations tab of the Company's website at www.fnfg.com . The presentation will be archived for approximately 90 days following the event.

First Niagara Financial Group, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary, First Niagara Bank, N.A., has $21 billion in assets, 255 branches and $13 billion in deposits.  First Niagara Bank is a multi-state community-oriented bank with about 3,800 employees providing financial services to individuals, families and businesses.  Upon completion of its pending merger with NewAlliance Bancorp, Inc. -- subject to customary closing conditions including approvals from regulators and shareholders -- First Niagara will have more than $29 billion in assets, $18 billion in deposits and 340 branches across Upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts.  For more information, visit www.fnfg.com .

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