Power Authority Selects Cortlandt
Manor Resident as its Volunteer of the Year
June 12, 2007
For Immediate Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
has named Michael Huvane, business manager, Marketing and Economic
Development business unit, as its 2007 Volunteer of the Year in
recognition of his work with Destination Imagination (DI), a
volunteer-driven organization that helps children gain practical
skills through problem solving.
Huvane was honored Tuesday at the 14th Annual
Friends of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Recognition
Luncheon held this year at the Rainbow Room in New York City.
“Volunteers like Michael play a vital role in
building strong communities which further contributes to the Power
Authority’s long, proud record of supporting volunteer efforts by
its employees in the places that host NYPA facilities,” said NYPA
Chairman Frank S. McCullough, Jr.
Huvane’s work with DI stresses creative problem
solving. Teams of a half-dozen students work to solve problems in
various disciplines over several months and then present their
solutions at local/regional, state, and international championships.
Parents, teachers and community volunteers serve as team coaches and
Huvane and his wife, Kathleen, introduced the
program to the Lakeland School District in Shrub Oak in 1997 when
their oldest son was in grade school. Over the years, Huvane has
served in various judging and coaching positions at local and
regional levels. He stayed involved with the program long after the
participation of his children and recruited other adults to
“It is so important to work with young people to
encourage divergent thinking and creative problem solving,” said
Huvane. “Playing even the smallest role in a child’s life can
sometimes make the biggest difference.”
Huvane was nominated for the 2007 Volunteer of the
Year award by his colleague, Phyllis Nitkin, executive assistant,
also in Marketing and Economic Development. The Power Authority will
donate $500 to Destination Imagination.
In addition to his work with DI, Huvane is known
throughout Westchester for his willingness to lend a hand. He
volunteers on the Town of Cortlandt’s Parks, Recreation and
Conservation Advisory Board, and has had a longstanding relationship
with the Fresh Air Fund since 1994 when he opened his home for the
summer to a disadvantaged boy from New York City, who is now
completing his second year at SUNY Albany and continues to spend
summers with the Huvanes.
Huvane graduated from Pace University with a
Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. He currently lives
in Cortlandt Manor with his wife and their three children, Daniel,
Sarah and Conor.
The Power Authority has participated in the
Volunteer of the Year program since 1995. Every year, the NYPA
executive management committee selects the winner from nominees who
have demonstrated exceptional volunteer service and inspired others
by their example.
Photo and Caption
■ 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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