New York Power Authority Helps Queens Independence Day Celebration For 18th Year

Luis Rodriguez


Joseph Leary

May 22, 2002


ASTORIA—Eugene W. Zeltmann, president and chief executive officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), presented a $35,000 contribution to the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition to help fund the Coalition’s annual Independence Day Celebration to be held Tuesday evening, July 2nd in Astoria Park.  The contribution was presented to Julian Wager, president of the Coalition, on May 15th at NYPA’s Charles Poletti Power Project.

“This is the 18th consecutive year that NYPA has sponsored an Independence Day celebration in Queens,” said Zeltmann during the presentation.  “On behalf of Chairman Louis P. Ciminelli, our other trustees and the staff at the Charles Poletti Power Project, we are very pleased, during this time of year when patriotic spirit runs high, to continue our role as a good neighbor in Queens by supporting this special family event.”

“We are grateful for this generous contribution by the Power Authority, so we can bring the tremendously spirited event, including the talents of the West Point Band, to our community,” said Wager.  “The Power Authority’s involvement and commitment to the community, ranging from this support to supplying the lower-cost power for Governor Pataki’s Power for Jobs program and much more, showcases how business and the community can work together for the good of all.”

The Coalition’s annual Independence Day Celebration is dedicated this year to the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks.  It begins at 7:30 p.m. and features a concert by the West Point Band.  The fireworks will follow at about 9:15 p.m.

The Coalition represents the business and commercial community in Western Queens.

NYPA is the nation’s largest state-owned power organization, and operates generating facilities throughout the state and about 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.  In Queens, and the rest of New York City, NYPA provides the lower-cost electricity used for public schools, police and fire stations, hospitals, subways and other public purposes.  The Power Authority has also provided high-efficiency lighting and other energy improvements at over 40 municipal facilities in Queens.