Area First Responders Recognized

Maura Balaban
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September 20, 2012


Photo and Caption: Area First Responders Recognized

Note to Editors:  Representatives of the New York Power Authority and local elected officials joined together on Sept. 19 at the New York Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center to deliver grants to nine emergency first-responder organizations and announce the issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) to improve cellular and wireless communications in the area.

(See Governor’s Press Release:

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The New York Power Authority distributed $207,000 in one-time grants on Sept. 19 to nine first-responder organizations near its Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project, for larger equipment needs identified from the experiences of last summer’s unprecedented storm-induced flooding.  The grants were presented at a formal check presentation at NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center. Joined by local elected officials and representatives of the area fire and rescue squads, NYPA President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones, also announced issuance of a Request for Proposals to improve cellular and wireless communications in the area as part of bolstered steps under Governor Cuomo for enhanced emergency preparedness.


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Representatives of first-responder organizations for the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Blenheim-Gilboa Project and for the nearby communities, hold a “big check,” on Sept. 19 at the B-G Visitors Center, reflecting one-time grants by NYPA to the fire and rescue organizations for the purchase of emergency preparedness equipment. Top row (l-r) Lyndon Cornell (Blenheim Hose Co.); Marc Lawrence (Jefferson Fire Department); Don Speenburgh (Grand Gorge Fire Dept.); Second Row: (l-r) Lynn Hait, NYPA Regional Manager Central NY; Gil Quiniones, NYPA CEO and President; Roy DeJoy (Blenheim Hose Co.); Bud Lombardo (Conesville Rescue Squad); Donna Nunnaman (Middleburgh Emergency Volunteer Rescue Squad- MEVAC); Carl Fancher (Conesville Fire Dept.); Bill Averill, Schoharie County EMS Coordinator; Bill Anderson (Jefferson Rescue Squad); Senator James Seward and Assemblyman Pete Lopez;  Front Row (l-r) Dottie Carroll and Karen Hinkley (Grand Gorge Rescue Squad); Sigrid Wood (MEVAC) and Mike Devlin (Middleburgh Fire Dept).


Photo Credits:  NYPA 

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