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Media Advisory and Photo Opportunity: New York Power Authority and National Grid Draw Attention to Constitutional Amendment to be Voted on Election Day: Alerting Long Island Voters to Help the Tri-Lakes Region Upstate at No Cost

Connie M. Cullen, NYPA
Wendy Ladd, National Grid

October 27, 2009  

The New York Power Authority President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel (NYPA) and National Grid’s Vice President of Energy Solutions Services - Metro New York, Joseph Rende will be joined by state officials and environmental advocates to draw attention to a critical constitutional amendment facing voters this Election Day.  Proposal One is for a “land swap” in the Adirondack Park at no cost to taxpayers.  The “land swap” will make official an important health and safety project by improving reliability of electric service to the Adirondack’s Tri-Lakes region and Park residents, especially during severe winter weather that has caused frequent brown- and black-outs. 

This $30 million project will be no cost to Long Island, and gives Long Islanders the opportunity to facilitate the donation of more than 40 acres of land that National Grid will be making to Adirondack Park for preservation.

DATE:                          Wednesday, October 28 

TIME:                          11:30 a.m. 

LOCATION:                  Nassau County Supreme Court
100 Supreme Court Drive
Mineola, New York 11501

Press conference will be held on the south steps  

DIRECTIONS:               LIE to Meadowbrook Parkway to exit M1W
                                    Turn RIGHT on Old County Road
                                    Turn LEFT on Washington Avenue
                                    Turn Right on Supreme Court Drive

About NYPA:

The New York Power Authority 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 New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.  About 75 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.  NYPA uses no tax money or state debt.

About National Grid:

National Grid is one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world.  It is an international energy delivery company.  In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).  It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. National Grid also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers.

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