NYPA Power Vista Welcomes 7 Million Visitors and Honors Builders, October 28
Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Opening of the Power Vista

Teresa Martinez

October 25, 2013


LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will recognize the Hard Hats of Niagara on Monday, Oct. 28 at 11 a.m., at the Power Vista, the visitors center for the Niagara Hydroelectric Plant.  The occasion will mark the 50th Anniversary of the construction of the Power Vista and will mark the attendance milestone of welcoming 7 million visitors since the facility first opened its doors in 1963.

At the event, representatives of NYPA senior management will honor the Hard Hats of Niagara—a group of former construction workers who built the power plant and the Power Vista— and join with the Hard Hats in welcoming several lucky visitors who will symbolically represent the 7 million visitors.  NYPA staff anticipated reaching this significant number in the fall and targeted October 28, the first business day following its popular, well-attended Halloween event, as the date the milestone would be reached.

“This is a very special occasion for all of us who work at the Power Authority,” said Harry Francois, NYPA regional manager, Western New York.  “The Power Vista was always intended to be NYPA’s anchor into the community of Lewiston and Western New York. Celebrating the 7 millionth visitor milestone today, gives us the sense that we have achieved our goal and inspires us to continue our contributions to Western New York’s energy and environmental education, recreation and tourism for many years to come.”

The Power Vista opened officially on July 16, 1963, and since July, visitors have been encouraged to commemorate the event with a message on a 50th Anniversary greeting card at the visitors center, or by logging onto the NYPA website at The messages will be included in a Power Vista time capsule to be buried at the end of its 50th anniversary year, next July.

A special exhibit, “Walk through Time,” displayed on the Power Vista’s glass walkway, includes historic photos of the Power Vista from each decade during the past 50 years.

In addition to enjoying the more than 50 interactive exhibits and the spectacular views from 350 feet above the Niagara Gorge, visitors can also attend a number of community events at the Niagara Power Vista in the coming months including,  Deck the Halls (Dec. 7) and the annual Festival of Trees (Dec. 1 through Jan. 4, 2014). Arrangements also can be made for the Power Vista staff to present a program on electricity and energy efficiency at schools and business/community events.

For more information, contact the NYPA’s Power Vista at 716-286-6661 or email

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 has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities 20 percent by 2020. ■ NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA 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 visit or follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.

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