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First Niagara Financial Group to Announce 1st Quarter 2011 Results on April 21, 2011

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

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 .

CONTACT: First Niagara Officer Contacts Anthony M. Alessi Investor Relations Manager (716) 625-7692 Leslie G. Garrity Public Relations and Corporate Communications Manager (716) 819-5921