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Stamford Mayor, community leaders celebrate First Niagara branch opening

By First Niagara

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Celebrating the grand opening of the new Summer Street Branch are, from left to right: First Niagara’s Regional Banking Director for the Tri-State Region John Golding; First Niagara’s Area Manager of Southwestern Connecticut Ben Fetterman; Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia; Domus Director of Volunteers Julia Wade; Summer Street Branch Manager Sam Delgado; Stamford Director of Economic Development Laure Aubuchon; Stamford Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jack Condlin; Stamford Board of Representatives member Robert “Gabe” DeLuca. (contributed photo)
NEW HAVEN, CT - First Niagara Financial Group (Nasdaq: FNFG) held a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the grand opening of its newest branch at 2386 Summer Street in Stamford, Conn. The branch relocated from 550 Summer Street.

First Niagara’s Regional Banking Director for the Tri-State Region John Golding welcomed guests and kicked off a short speaking program that included an overview of the Summer Street branch by First Niagara’s Area Manager of Southwestern Connecticut Ben Fetterman, and remarks from Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia and Stamford Director of Economic Development Laure Aubuchon.

“At First Niagara, we are always looking for opportunities to make our customer’s banking experience more convenient and productive,” Golding said. “Our new branch location on Summer Street is larger and more easily accessible than our previous location with more parking and a drive-up window. We hope that our Stamford customers will be pleased with the new branch and we look forward to continuing to serve them.”

Stamford Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jack Condlin and Robert “Gabe” DeLuca of the Stamford Board of Representatives were also in attendance.

Additionally, First Niagara’s Summer Street Branch Manager Sam Delgado presented Domus Director of Volunteers Julia Wade with a $2,500 donation from the bank. The donation is in keeping with First Niagara’s commitment to the local community, with particular focus on education and youth mentoring. Domus is a not-for-profit organization that helps nearly 1,000 Stamford children and their families experience academic and life successes through educational, residential, and community programs.

“As a mentor at the Domus Trailblazers Academy Charter School, I have experienced firsthand the positive impact that this organization can have for Stamford children and their families,” Delgado said. “Meeting weekly with a Domus student has been a fulfilling experience for me. At First Niagara, we seek out non-profit organizations that not only have a direct impact on the local community, but also align with our own philanthropic objectives. Youth mentoring is one of First Niagara’s areas of focus, and we are proud to support Domus in its efforts to help the Greater Stamford community.”

Following the check presentation, First Niagara invited Stamford community leaders to cut the ribbon and officially mark the opening of its new branch.

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