updated 1/6/2011 1:46:11 PM ET 2011-01-06T18:46:11

BUFFALO, N.Y., Jan. 6, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:FNFG), today announced that it will release 2010 fourth quarter earnings before the market opens on Thursday, January 27, 2011. A conference call will follow at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, in which management will discuss the Company's financial results and business strategy, followed by a question-and-answer session. 

Those wishing to participate in the call may dial toll-free 1-877-276-8648. A replay of the call will be available until February 10, 2011 by dialing 1-877-344-7529, Passcode 446447.

First Niagara Financial Group, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary, First Niagara Bank, N.A., has $21 billion in assets, 257 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 -- 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 .

CONTACT: First Niagara Officer Contacts
         John R. Koelmel, Chief Executive Officer
         Michael W. Harrington, Chief Financial Officer
         Anthony M. Alessi, Investor Relations Manager
         (716) 625-7692
         tony.alessi@fnfg.com
         Leslie G. Garrity, Public Relations and
         Corporate Communications Manager
         (716) 819-5921
         leslie.garrity@fnfg.com

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