New York Power Authority Trustees Honor Jefferson Resident – Lynn H. Hait
May 10, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORTH BLENHEIM—Long-time New York Power Authority (NYPA) employee Lynn H. Hait, NYPA’s regional manager for Central New York, was honored recently by the NYPA Trustees in recognition of his earning the State Academy for Public Administration’s (SAPA) 2012 Public Service Excellence Award. Hait received the SAPA award at a ceremony held on May 9, in Albany, N.Y.
John S. Dyson, vice chairman, NYPA Board of Trustees, presented Hait with a special Certificate of Recognition at the meeting of the NYPA Board of Trustees on April 24. The Trustees honored Hait for receiving the SAPA Award for Public Service which recognized Hait for his more than 35 years of outstanding and dedicated service to the Power Authority, and with special commendation for his oversight of the emergency management operations at NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project during last summer’s tropical storm.
“NYPA’s success in responding to the emergency last summer would not have been possible without your heroic efforts, professionalism and dedication. You have made us all exceptionally proud of you in every way,” said Dyson as he presented Hait with the certificate.
In late August 2011, Tropical Storm Irene devastated several upstate communities surrounding the B-G project, including areas where many Power Authority employees live. Hait was instrumental in directing NYPA’s effective emergency response operations to manage record water inflows to the B-G project during the storm. As NYPA’s ranking executive in the region Hait was also the primary liaison, interacting with first responders in the communities surrounding the plant both during the storm and its aftermath.
Hait has served the Power Authority for more than 35 years in positions of escalating responsibility. In his current position, Hait is responsible for the overall operation and maintenance of NYPA’s B-G project in North Blenheim, and its Crescent, Vischer Ferry and Ashokan small hydro plants. In October 2011, NYPA Trustees honored several employees who, under Hait’s leadership and direction, responded to the threats to project operations caused by the storm conditions.
Hait is a lifelong resident of Schoharie County. He currently resides in the Town of Jefferson, where he and his wife, Theresa, have raised five children.
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