First Niagara to close 17 branches, none in WNY

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) –– First Niagara Financial Group will be closing 17 branches, but none in the Buffalo Niagara region.

The bank announced that the closings are planned for January and are part of the bank streamlining its network.  The bank is seeing an increase in customers using online banking and the First Niagara mobile app.

The branches affected are in downtown Rochester as well as in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

The bank consolidation will still leave the business with more than 390 branches.

Employees of the affected branches will either be moved to new roles or they can apply for open positions throughout the banking operation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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