Power Authority Headquarters Named In
Honor Of Chairman Rappleyea
January 30, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—New York Power Authority trustees surprised their colleague and
chairman, C.D. "Rapp" Rappleyea, Tuesday when they voted to name the Power
Authority headquarters building here in honor of him.
Rappleyea, who has lead the statewide utility since July 1995, is resigning his
positions on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001.
Governor George E. Pataki praised Rappleyea as he prepared to leave the Power
"As Chairman of the New York Power Authority, `Rapp' Rappleyea helped New York
State respond assertively to an array of economic, energy and environmental
challenges," said Governor Pataki. "His strong leadership guided the New York
Power Authority through a period of sweeping changes in the electric utility industry. I
deeply appreciate his dedicated service at the Power Authority, and his friendship over
The resolution approved by the trustees reads, in part, "wishing to provide a
permanent memorial of his tenure as chairman of the New York Power Authority (we resolve)
that the Power Authority headquarters building at 123 Main Street in White Plains, shall
hereafter be officially named the Clarence D. Rappleyea Building."
The resolution recognizes Rappleyea for two decades of service in the state Assembly,
including 12 years as minority leader of that body. It also notes that during his nearly
six years as NYPA's chairman and CEO, he "became a nationally recognized expert on
electric utility issues, such as competition and deregulation, new technologies and
The resolution also noted that "all NYPA staff members shall miss the concern,
compassion and friendliness he exhibits on a daily basis."
Introduced by Trustee Louis R. Ciminelli of Buffalo on behalf of himself and the three
other trustees -- Frank S. McCullough of Rye, Gerard D. DiMarco of Rochester and Timothy
S. Carey of Montrose -- the resolution is effective immediately. Passage of the resolution
was recommended and forwarded to the Trustees by the entire Executive Management Committee
on behalf of all NYPA employees.
The 420,000 square-foot White Plains landmark bounded by Main Street, Martin Luther
King Jr. Boulevard and Hamilton Avenue was built in 1981 and purchased by the Power
Authority in 1991. The Power Authority had leased space in the building from shortly after
it was completed.