Sen. Marchi, Councilman Oddo Provide Grants for
Energy Improvements at Wagner H.S.
Joseph Leary, 914-390-8187
Connie Cullen, 914-390-8196
March 11, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
STATEN ISLAND—New York State Senator John J. Marchi
and New York City Council Member James Oddo today Friday made grants
totaling $350,000 for the auditorium renovation here at Susan E. Wagner
High School (SWHS). They were joined by Eugene W. Zeltmann, president
and chief executive officer, New York Power Authority (NYPA), as NYPA
will administer the funds to install the auditorium’s new
energy-efficient lighting systems.
“Susan E. Wagner High School has educated thousands
of Staten Island youngsters in exemplary fashion for more than 39
years. It is in the process of modernizing its physical plant and
renovations proposed in its lighting would greatly enhance the
facility,” said Senator Marchi. “I know the Power Authority, under
Chairman Louis Ciminelli, will follow through very professionally and
get the job moving.”
“I am happy that I was able to secure $250,000 in
funding for the new state-of-the-art auditorium lighting at Susan Wagner
High School,” said Council Member Oddo. “This lighting will improve the
educational experience and contribute to brighter futures for the kids
in Susan Wagner. This is an example of a successful partnership between
the City and State governments that will benefit students on Staten
Island. Thank you to Governor Pataki, Senator Marchi, and NYPA for
helping to make this a reality.”
“This funding will enhance the auditorium at Susan
E. Wagner High School with new theatrical lighting for the students. It
will benefit them during school productions and other learning
experiences. I applaud Governor Pataki, Senator Marchi, Councilman Oddo
and NYPA for their commitment to this worthwhile project,” said
Congressman Vito Fossella (R-NY13).
“These improvements bring together high tech
energy-saving features and state-of-the-art theatrical production
equipment to create a showcase facility our entire community will be
proud of,” said New York State Assemblyman Matthew Mirones.
“From Todt Hill to Tottenville, New Dorp to New Lane
and, now, Stapleton to Susan E. Wagner High School, the Power Authority
has invested, under Governor Pataki’s drive to cut energy use, almost
$19 million in energy efficiency at over 60 public facilities on Staten
Island including schools, police stations and hospitals saving taxpayers
nearly $2 million annually and reducing emissions by over 15,000 tons
per year,” said NYPA’s President and CEO Zeltmann.
“We are grateful to Governor Pataki, Congressman
Fossella, Senator Marchi, Councilman Oddo and the Power Authority for
this new lighting and its important lessons in energy conservation which
allows us to save much-needed funds for instructional programs,” said
Gary M. Giordano, principal, Susan E. Wagner High School.
These grants will fund installation of new lighting
for both the auditorium and include new theatrical lighting for its
stage area. All wiring, light fixtures, dimmers and the control console
will be replaced. The new system is state-of-the-art technology, simple
to operate, meets all current safety codes and allows for much more
flexible operation. It will provide all students with improved
visibility inside the auditorium and for those students, involved in
stage production, hands-on experience useful in the real world.
The new system is designed so it can be enlarged and
updated technically, as needed, making it continually viable learning
tool for students. Administrators at SWHS conducted an energy audit of
the auditorium and stage lighting which was confirmed through NYPA
inspection. It was determined that the present equipment is outdated
and in poor condition with replacement parts and service difficult to
find and very expensive.
Other renovations to the auditorium including the
installation of new stage curtains are also planned during this period.
Council Member Oddo’s $250,000 grant from New York
City is complemented by a $100,000 Petroleum Overcharge Restitution Fund
(POCR) grant arranged by Senator Marchi. POCR is a fund established to
provide restitution to consumers for overcharges by major petroleum
companies in the past. In New York State the fund is administered by
the New York Power Authority. NYPA is a national leader in advancing
energy efficiency and developing clean energy technologies and electric