NYPA Makes Leadership Donation to Massena
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April 18, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MASSENAThe New York Power Authority (NYPA) Wednesday made the first contribution
to be received for the Massena Bicentennial Celebration. The leadership donation, for
$25,000, was presented by Ronald W. Ciamaga, the Power Authoritys regional manager
for Northern New York, to Massena Town Supervisor Jack R. Sauve, at Town Hall.
"With support ranging from the Massena Rescue Squad to the Massena Hospital, and
now the Bicentennial, the Power Authority makes this leadership gift to continue our long
and important tradition of involvement in the Massena community," said Ciamaga.
"On behalf of Chairman Joseph J. Seymour, the other trustees and the staff at the
St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power
Project, we hope this donation will kick-off a successful Massena Bicentennial
"We are grateful for this charter donation from the Power Authority as it
symbolizes the spirit of generosity needed to realize this historic celebration honoring
Massenas great accomplishments," said Sauve.
"As Bicentennial Chairman, I knew there would be surprises along the way, but none
is more appreciated than this wonderful action by a longstanding community partner like
the Power Authority," said Doug Huntley, chairman of the Massena Bicentennial
Celebration. This donation was unannounced until it was presented today.
The historic connection between the Power Authority and Massena is strengthened today
with this gift to start the important fundraising needed for the Bicentennial," said
Senator Raymond A. Meier (R-Western).
"Next year, as we watch the fireworks, hear the marching bands and enjoy all the
wonderful activities, we can be thankful to the lead sponsor, the New York Power
Authority, for initiating the support that made the Bicentennial events happen," said
Assemblyman Chris Ortloff (R-Plattsburgh).
The Massena Bicentennial Committee is planning over a week of events from July 4-13,
2002. NYPAs lead donation will be used towards the administrative expenses
associated with organizing the Bicentennial. While plans are still under development,
activities being considered are fireworks, concerts, parades, a block dance and car club
show, and special commemorative days sponsored by area businesses and organizations.