updated 4/1/2011 1:16:45 PM ET 2011-04-01T17:16:45

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 1, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:FNFG), today announced that it will release 2011 first quarter earnings before the market opens on Thursday, April 21, 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 1-877-709-8150. A replay of the call will be available until May 12, 2011 by dialing 1-877-660-6853, Account 240, Passcode 369374.

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, N.A. is a multi-state community-oriented bank providing financial services to individuals, families and businesses. Upon completion of its pending merger with NewAlliance Bancshares, Inc. -- subject to customary closing conditions including approvals from regulators -- First Niagara will have more than $30 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
         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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