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NYPA Begins Webcasting Its Trustees’ Meetings

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Michael Saltzman
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michael.saltzman@nypa.gov

July 31, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) used the Internet to video stream its Board of Trustees’ meeting Tuesday in compliance with an Executive Order issued by Gov. Eliot Spitzer earlier this year for enhanced public access to the decision-making of state agencies and authorities.    

“Governor Spitzer has given top priority to openness and transparency in government and using Internet technology to reinforce these qualities, which are vital for an informed citizenry,” said Frank S. McCullough, Jr., NYPA chairman. “The webcasting of our board meetings and other public business adds to the knowledge of what we do for the state’s electric power system, economy and environment.”

McCullough noted that while the board meetings have been open to the public, webcasting broadens citizens’ opportunities to witness the meetings live, and from archival footage after they’ve occurred.

On July 12, the Power Authority webcast the meetings of its Governance and Audit Committees, two trustee working groups. Other meetings being video streamed on the NYPA website include those of the New York State Economic Development Power Allocation Board (EDPAB), whose inaugural webcast occurred immediately before today’s trustees’ meeting. (EDPAB considers and recommends allocations of economical power from various NYPA-administered programs.)

All of these meetings can be accessed from NYPA’s homepage, at www.nypa.gov., by clicking on “Meetings and Webcasts,” near the center of the page, and then another hyperlink entitled “Watch Live.” There is also an option for closed captioning.

Under Governor Spitzer’s Executive Order No. 3, state agencies and authorities have been required since July 1 to webcast any meetings subject to the New York State Open Meetings Law.

 

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

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