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.

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