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First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. to Present at Stifel Nicolaus Bank and Thrift Conference

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.
/ Source: GlobeNewswire

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 . The presentation will also be available for viewing in the presentations link within the investor relations tab of the Company's website at . 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 .

CONTACT: First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. John R. Koelmel, President and 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