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Volunteer-Of-The-Year Named At NYPA’S Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project

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Photo of Karen Hinkley receiving award
Karen Hinkley, of Grand Gorge, a secretary in the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Power Generation unit, was named Volunteer-of-the-Year 2002 at NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project.  Here she receives her recognition plaque presented by James McCarthy, Jr., regional manager for Central New York, New York Power Authority, at the annual Employee Recognition Dinner for the Blenheim-Gilboa project held this year at the Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown.

July 8, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GILBOA—Karen Hinkley, of Grand Gorge, a secretary in the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Power Generation unit, has been named Volunteer-of-the-Year at NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project.

“The Volunteer-of-the-Year Program recognizes NYPA staff members who are outstanding citizens in their communities and each should be extremely proud of their achievements,” said Louis P. Ciminelli, chairman of the Power Authority.  “Karen has consistently demonstrated her commitment to safety and willingness to help others both in the community and on the job, making her an outstanding choice as a Volunteer-of-the-Year at the Blenheim-Gilboa project.”

Hinkley, a Grand Gorge resident for over 30 years, was a member of the Grand Gorge Rescue Squad for approximately 20 years, serving as captain, treasurer and secretary.  She has achieved certification as a New York State Emergency Medical Technician and is also nationally certified.  She is also certified as an American Heart Association Automated External Defibrillator (AED) instructor.

Hinkley was instrumental in making AED’s available at the Blenheim-Gilboa Project and in various parts of Central New York.  On her own, she developed an informational program entitled “Conquering Cardiac Arrest” relative to the AED and the Power Authority’s role in its availability.