Cancelled - Ben Franklin Appearance at NYPA
Note to Editors: Robert Cooke, the actor scheduled to play Ben Franklin at tomorrow's celebration, has unexpectedly withdrawn from the event. Appearances by "Ben Franklin" are cancelled, but all other activities will take place.

Teresa Martinez

June 15, 2012


The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will honor Benjamin Franklin and his contributions to electricity from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at its admission-free Power Vista, the visitors center for NYPA’s Niagara Power Project.  The event is part of the Power Vista’s on-going Sensational Saturdays series. 

The free event will include an appearance by “Benjamin Franklin,” played by Robert Cooke of the Theatre of Youth Company, Inc. – a non-profit professional theatre company in Buffalo, dedicated to the enhancement of life in the community through enrichment, education and entertainment of young audiences.

The Power Vista event will include an interactive performance from the Theatre Youth Company’s recent production, “Ben Franklin’s Apprentice,” at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., in the Power Vista’s Community Room.  Visitors are also invited to pose for a souvenir photo with Ben in front of his famous kite, simulating the iconic kite experiment.  (The period prop was crafted by the Niagara Falls High School theatre group.) Short videos about Benjamin Franklin and staff demonstrations on the Basics of Electricity will be conducted throughout the event.

Guests are also invited to enjoy the Power Vista’s attractions, which include displays and interactive exhibits relating to the production of electricity, energy efficiency and the area’s history, as well as spectacular views from the observation deck 350 feet above the Niagara River Gorge. Parking and admission at the Power Vista, located at 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston, is always free.

For more information, contact the Niagara Project Power Vista at 716286-6661, email or visit the NYPA web site at


About NYPA:

■The New York Power Authority 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 public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■Approximately 80 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.■For more information,

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