New York Power Authority Helps Queens Independence Day Celebration for 20th Year

Luis Rodriguez

Joseph Leary

May 24, 2004


ASTORIA—Eugene W. Zeltmann, president and chief executive officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), Monday presented a $30,000 contribution to the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition to help fund the Coalition’s annual Independence Day Celebration to be held Thursday evening, July 1st in Astoria Park.  The contribution was presented to Julian Wager, president of the Coalition, at NYPA’s Charles Poletti Power Project in Astoria.

“This year, 2004, is very special for Queens and the Power Authority as it marks the 20th anniversary of NYPA’s proud sponsorship of the Coalition’s annual Independence Day Celebration,” 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 which this year is dedicated to the Astoria community.”

“We are sincerely appreciative of this generous Power Authority contribution, allowing us to bring this great event to our community highlighted by a superb fireworks display and an outstanding selection of musical performances,” 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 business and commercial community in Western Queens represented by the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition.  It begins at 7:30 p.m. and features music by Joe Battaglia and the New York Big Band, Lenny Coco and the Chimes, and Randy and the Rainbows.  The fireworks will follow at about 9:15 p.m.

The Power Authority has also provided high-efficiency lighting and other energy improvements at some 182 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.