St. Lawrence-FDR Visitors Center
Renamed to Honor Frank S. McCullough, Jr., NYPA Chairman
June 24, 2008
MASSENA—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
Trustees Tuesday renamed the visitors center at the St.
Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project after NYPA Chairman
Frank S. McCullough, Jr., who has served on the Authority board for
more than a decade, coinciding with significant achievements for
securing the future of the 800,000-kilowatt hydroelectric project.
“During the time that Frank McCullough has served
on the NYPA board, the Power Authority received a new 50-year
license for the St. Lawrence-FDR project, surpassed the halfway
point in a multiyear upgrade of the project’s turbine generators,
and reached an agreement in principle for Alcoa’s continued
long-term receipt of low-cost hydropower,” said Roger B. Kelley,
NYPA president and chief executive officer. “Frank played an
important part in these accomplishments, as a trustee, vice chairman
and then chairman, and in the opening three years ago of the new
visitors center. For these reasons, it is fitting the visitors
center be named in his honor, as we mark 50 years of power
generation at St. Lawrence-FDR.”
“I’m deeply grateful to my fellow trustees for this
recognition,” Chairman McCullough said. “This is something I will
always cherish having my name associated with this visitors center,
whose entertaining and informative exhibits crystallize the vital
role that our wonderful hydroelectric facility plays for Northern
New York’s economy.”
Chairman McCullough is the longest currently
serving NYPA board member. He has served since 1997 and was elected
vice chairman in 2002 and chairman in 2006.
NYPA opened the visitors center at Hawkins Point in
2005 to replace one that had previously operated atop the Power
Authority’s portion of the Robert Moses-Robert H. Saunders Power
Dam, where the generating equipment for the St. Lawrence-FDR project
is located. The original center was closed to the public in 2002 for
security reasons following the September 11 attacks. It had hosted
more than five million visitors from the time it opened in 1959,
after the hydroelectric project began generating power.
The tribute to Chairman McCullough occurred at the
Power Authority’s regularly scheduled board meeting following the
rededication by the Authority and Ontario Power Generation of the
International Friendship Monument at the Moses-Saunders Power Dam.
The power dam, which spans the St. Lawrence River, is made up of two
16 turbine-generator sections operated independently by the two
The Frank S. McCullough, Jr. Hawkins Point Visitors
Center and Boat Launch provides a panoramic view of the
international power dam directly across the St. Lawrence River. In
addition to explaining the operation of the hydroelectric project,
the center features other exhibits on energy, including interactive
displays that use computer technologies.
A focal point of the 14,000-square-foot building is
a three-dimensional terrain map in the entrance lobby. It features
lighting effects highlighting locations from Ogdensburg to Massena,
described by an audio track activated by the push of a button. The
map is a replica of one at the power project.
The Hawkins Point site also features a boat ramp
and a handicapped-accessible fishing pier that the Power Authority
built adjacent to the visitors center.
The visitors center is one of three that the Power
Authority operates at its hydroelectric projects. The others are at
the Niagara Power Project and the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage
Project in the northern Catskills.
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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