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NY Power Authority Donates Computers to Herkimer School

Contact:
Carol Rodino
Clark Energy Center: 315-792-8261
Albany: 518-433-6736
carol.rodino@nypa.gov

April 12, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HERKIMER—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) today announced the donation of computer equipment to the Saint Francis de Sales Regional Catholic School here, as part of  NYPA’s program to make its surplus, late-model computers available to public facilities statewide, with special emphasis on educational programs and community libraries as recipients. 

“The Power Authority is pleased to play a role, under the leadership of Governor Pataki, for broadening the exposure of computers to New York’s students including those at St. Francis.  This donation will further expand their access to the high-tech resources that are so vital to learning in the 21st century,” said Timothy S. Carey, president and chief executive officer, NYPA.

The Power Authority utilizes about 1,700 desk-top computers for its statewide operations, replacing about 400 to 500 computers each year.  The surplus equipment is thoroughly cleaned and provided with a minimum of 128 megabytes (MB) of random access memory (RAM).   NYPA’s Information Technology staff also installs new operating systems, tests the components and replaces broken parts if necessary.

“Saint Francis de Sales school has been a staple of the Herkimer community since 1921,” said Sister Rosalie Kelley, CSJ, principal, Saint Francis de Sales.  “With this donation we will replace older equipment in our school library and computer resource lab providing our students with the tools they need to excel in their educational career.” NYPA’s computer donation program has placed over 500 computers at education and library sites across New York State.  

Another way NYPA has been involved in assisting schools concerns New York State’s Power for Schools Program.  This program stems from a 2004 law that authorized NYPA to assist K - 12 public and non-public schools across New York State with energy conservation and energy cost- saving measures.  Power for Schools lets NYPA provide schools with options to help improve energy efficiency, utilize clean energy technologies and purchase the most economical power available from the competitive market.  For further information on the Power to Schools program, please go to www.nypa.gov and click on the Power to Schools link on the home page.

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 ■    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.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    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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