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First Niagara Financial Group to Announce 3rd Quarter 2010 Results on October 21, 2010

BUFFALO, N.Y., Oct. 5, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:FNFG), today announced that it will release 2010 third quarter earnings before the market opens on Thursday, October 21, 2010. 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. 
/ Source: GlobeNewswire

BUFFALO, N.Y., Oct. 5, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:FNFG), today announced that it will release 2010 third quarter earnings before the market opens on Thursday, October 21, 2010. 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 November 2, 2010 by dialing 1-877-660-6853, account #240, ID #357682.

First Niagara Financial Group, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary, First Niagara Bank, N.A., has $21 billion in assets, 255 branches and $14 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 .

CONTACT: First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. 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