First Niagara (FNFG) in Buffalo has created a banking region that includes branches it bought last year from HSBC.

The $38 billion-asset company said Wednesday that it had formed a region comprising the Lower Hudson Valley of New York; Fairfield County, Conn.; and northern New Jersey. First Niagara's Nyack, N.Y., branch will serve as the regional headquarters, supported by a branch in Norwalk, Conn. First Niagara said it is conducting a search for a regional president and other leadership positions.

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