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Special Funding Presentation to First Responders from Schoharie-Delaware Counties and Announcement for Improving Cellular and Wireless Communications to be Held at NYPA's Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center

Contact:
Steve Ramsey
(800) 724-0309
steve.ramsey@nypa.gov


September 17, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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NORTH BLENHEIM—On Wednesday, Sept. 19, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will present more than $207,000 in special recognition funding, for needs identified during last summer’s storms, to nine rescue organizations serving Schoharie and Delaware county communities in the area surrounding NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa (B-G) Pumped Storage Power Project.  NYPA will also announce the issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) to improve cellular and wireless communications in the vicinity surrounding the B-G power plant.

The presentation builds on the long-term commitment by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the state, under the NY Works program, to rebuild communities affected by Tropical Storms Irene and Lee, and prepare for future emergencies.   (http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/08232012-hurricane-irene-hurricane-lee-state-aid)

Gil C. Quiniones, president and CEO, NYPA, and Lynn Hait, regional manager, Central New York, NYPA, will be joined by state elected officials at the presentation of the funding to representatives of first-responder organizations from the Blenheim Hose Company, Conesville Fire Department, Conesville Rescue Squad, Grand Gorge Fire Department, Grand Gorge Rescue Squad, Jefferson Fire Department, Jefferson Rescue Squad, Middleburgh Emergency Volunteer Ambulance Corp. and Middleburgh Fire Department. 

In line with the Power Authority’s upgrades to communications systems at the B-G power plant, NYPA will also issue an RFP for enhanced cellular and wireless communications with the objective to work with other entities to enhance communication coverage in the vicinity of the power plant and in the surrounding communities.

EVENT:             N.Y. Power Authority
                           Makes Presentation of Special Funding for Regional First Responders and an
                           Announcement for Improving Cellular and Wireless Communications

 DATE:               Wednesday, Sept. 19

 

TIME:                 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

LOCATION:      New York Power Authority
                           Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project Visitors Center
                           1378 State Route 30
                           North Blenheim, NY 12131

CONTACT:       Steve Ramsey                         
                           Steve.Ramsey@NYPA.gov
                           (518) 287-6380


About NYPA:

■The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.■It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.■For more information, www.nypa.gov



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