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

/ 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