New York Power Authority Helps Queens Independence Day Celebration for 19th Year

Luis Rodriguez

Joseph Leary

June 5, 2003


ASTORIA—Eugene W. Zeltmann, president and chief executive officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), will present a $30,000 contribution to the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition to help fund the Coalition’s annual Independence Day Celebration to be held Wednesday evening, July 2nd in Astoria Park.  The contribution will be presented to Julian Wager, president of the Coalition, on June 16th at NYPA’s Charles Poletti Power Project in Astoria.

“This year, 2003, marks the 19th consecutive year NYPA has sponsored an Independence Day celebration in Queens which this year is dedicated to the service and sacrifice of those in our nation’s military,” said Zeltmann. “On behalf of Chairman Louis P. Ciminelli, our other trustees and the staff at the Poletti Project, we are very pleased to continue our role as a good neighbor in Queens, by supporting what is always a special and patriotic family event.”

“We are sincerely appreciative of this generous Power Authority contribution, allowing us to bring this great event to our community highlighted by the West Point “Jazz Knights” Band and a magnificent fireworks display,” said Wager.  “The Power Authority’s history of dedicated involvement in our community, which ranges from supplying the lower-cost electricity for Governor Pataki’s Power for Jobs program and the power used by our subways, police and fire stations, schools, hospitals and municipal buildings, shows how government, business and the community can work together to achieve benefits for all.”

The Coalition’s annual Independence Day Celebration is dedicated this year to the men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.  It begins at 7:30 p.m. and features music by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point “Jazz Knights” Band.  The fireworks will follow at about 9:15 p.m.

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

The Power Authority has also provided high-efficiency lighting and other energy improvements at some 165 municipal and not-for-profit facilities in 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.