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New York Power Authority Receives United Way Awards

Jill Chamberlain

June 14, 2006


MASSENA—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has received two major awards from the United Way of Northern New York following a highly successful campaign at NYPA’s St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project.

The Paying Attention to the People of the North Country and Gold awards recognized NYPA’s success in disseminating the United Way’s message to project employees and in increasing both the participation rate and total contributions.

“The Power Authority is extremely honored to receive these prestigious awards, particularly since they reflect the generosity and commitment of our employees at the St. Lawrence-FDR Project,” said Thomas W. Scozzafava of Gouverneur, who served as the St. Lawrence County campaign chairman for the United Way and is also a Power Authority trustee.  “The response at St. Lawrence-FDR in the recent campaign is in keeping with the Power Authority’s long tradition of working to be a good neighbor in the North Country.”

Ed Rider, senior staff consultant, and Jill Chamberlain, community relations associate, accepted the awards for NYPA at a luncheon on June 9.  Rider is a member of the United Way Board of Directors, while Chamberlain was the 2005 in-house coordinator for the St. Lawrence-FDR Project. 

Employees at the project contributed $6,202, exceeding the campaign goal of $6,000.  The funds were distributed to United Way partner agencies in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties.

Thanks to the employees’ support, the Power Authority was eligible for the Gold Award. To be considered for this honor, an organization must have at least a 12 percent growth in employee participation and in employees increasing the amounts of their individual contributions. In the 2005 campaign, NYPA had a 15 percent increase in participation, and 95 percent of the participating employees increased their contributions.

The Paying Attention to the People of the North Country Award was established in 2004 to begin a new chapter in the United Way’s recognition of community leadership and involvement.  It is presented to companies whose employees demonstrate a commitment to the safety and well-being of those who live and work among them.

 The Power Authority was also recognized for its “in-kind support” of the United Way campaign.

About NYPA:

■    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 facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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