First Niagara Annual Meeting of Shareholders Conference Call Available April 24, 2013

First Niagara Annual Meeting of Shareholders Conference Call Available April
24, 2013

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Niagara Financial
Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:FNFG), today announced that investors will have an
opportunity to listen to the company's annual meeting of shareholders on
Wednesday April 24, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Those wishing to listen
to the meeting may dial toll-free 1-800-988-9485, Passcode: 4185425.
Presentation slides will be used during the meeting and are available under
the investor relations tab of the company's website, www.firstniagara.com.A
replay of the meeting will be available until May 24, 2013 by dialing
1-800-756-0584.Please note that those participating over the phone will be
placed in listen only mode.

About First Niagara

First Niagara, through its wholly owned subsidiary, First Niagara Bank, N.A.,
is a multi-state community-oriented bank with approximately 430 branches, $37
billion in assets, $28 billion in deposits, and 6,000 employees providing
financial services to individuals, families and businesses across Upstate New
York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. For more information, visit
www.firstniagara.com.

CONTACT: Investors: Ram Shankar
         Senior Vice President, Investor Relations
         (716) 270-8623
         ram.shankar@fnfg.com
        
         News Media: David Lanzillo
         Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
         (716) 819-5780
         david.lanzillo@fnfg.com
 
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