N.Y. Power Authority to Help
Sponsor Niagara Military Affairs Council Celebration Dinner
March 3, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lewiston—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will
join with other area groups and organizations in sponsoring an
upcoming community celebration dinner to recognize those who
participated in the efforts to keep the Niagara Falls Air Reserve
Station open. The NIMAC Celebration Dinner will take place on
Saturday, March 18 at Antonio’s Restaurant, Banquet and Conference
“Governor Pataki, Congressman Tom Reynolds and a
slew of other leaders in Western New York worked to save this base,
and NYPA is honored to be a part of this event and to partner with
the Niagara Military Affairs Council (NIMAC), area elected
officials, community leaders and thousands of volunteers who
contributed to this extraordinary success story,” said Timothy S.
Carey, NYPA CEO and President.
This marks the latest in a series of measures NYPA
has taken to demonstrate its support for the Niagara Falls Air
Reserve Station. In 2003, Governor Pataki’s Task Force on Military
Bases identified power costs at the Air Base as a priority action
item to help meet the challenge of the Base Realignment and Closure
“The Niagara Falls Air Base plays a critical role
in keeping our nation free and strong, while making important
contributions to the local economy,” Governor Pataki stressed at the
time. “Reducing its power costs will support vital military
missions and help protect its 3,000 jobs.”
In response, NYPA trustees approved an allocation
of 2,300 kilowatts of low- cost hydro power to the Niagara Frontier
Transportation Authority for use at the Niagara Falls Air Base.
Last year, NYPA also “stepped to the plate” to help
sponsor a “Save the Base Rally” at a Buffalo Bison’s game at Dunn
Tire Park. To demonstrate widespread community support, anyone who
wrote five letters to the BRAC commission received two tickets to
the game. Letters were available at the Power Vista, the visitors
center at NYPA’s Niagara Power Project, and were distributed and
collected by NYPA staff members at a number of community events.
NIMAC Chairman Merrell Lane said “The New York
Power Authority has been an important partner in the success of the
community’s and NIMAC’s overall effort to save the Niagara Air
Reserve Station. They have been with us from the start with
important power allocations that reduced the base’s operating costs
and also with financial support for NIMAC events.”
Tickets are $30 per person and are available by
calling the NIMAC office at 716-283-4008.
■ NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.
It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues
earned in large part through sales of electricity.
n NYPA is a leader
in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric
transportation initiatives. n
It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with
18 generating plants in various parts of the state and more than
1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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