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Public can comment on Key Corp.’s branch-closings plan

If you have an opinion on the plan to close 23 area bank branches as part of KeyCorp’s proposed acquisition of First Niagara Financial Group, you can share it with the federal regulator.

The banks submitted their plan to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for approval. The OCC is accepting written comments on the application until Aug. 10.

To comment, send an email to: or write to: Director of District Licensing, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Central District Office, One Financial Place, Suite 2700, 440 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL, 60605.

Overall, First Niagara plans to close 70 branches in New York state, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Key plans to close 36 branches in New York state. But Key has pledged to offer jobs to displaced branch employees.