NYPA Honors Emergency Services
June 2, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORTH BLENHEIMThe New York Power Authority (NYPA) held Emergency Services
Appreciation Day on June 2, 2001 to recognize and award annual contributions to the local
fire departments and rescue squads who serve the surrounding areas including NYPAs
Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project.
"It is important to honor the fire and rescue groups who, by their bravery and
selflessness, help support Governor Patakis vision of making New York a safer place
to live and work," said Joseph J. Seymour, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of
the New York Power Authority.
On behalf of Chairman Seymour, James McCarthy, Jr., the Power Authoritys regional
manager for Central New York, presented the Power Authority contributions totaling $10,000
to five local fire departments and four area rescue squads during a ceremony held at the
Visitors Center for the power project.
The organizations honored are: Blenheim Hose Company, Conesville Fire Department,
Conesville Rescue Squad, Grand Gorge Fire Department, Grand Gorge Rescue Squad, Jefferson
Fire Department, Jefferson Rescue Squad, Middleburgh Fire Department and Middleburgh
Emergency Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
The areas representatives in the state legislature praised the actions.
Senator James L. Seward said, "Todays donations by the New York Power
Authority represent the Authoritys continuing support of the dedicated men and women
in these essential fire and rescue organizations to provide the best safety services
Senator John J. Bonacic said, "Our volunteer fire fighters and emergency service
workers do an outstanding job for people throughout our Senate district and I am pleased
that NYPA is partnering with them and honoring them for their contributions."
State Assembly Republican Leader John J. Faso said, "The men and women who help
protect their communities as members of local fire department and rescue squads should be
commended and supported. Thanks to Governor Patakis generosity, the organizations
honored today by the Power Authority will continue to be there for area residents in their
times of need."
Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch said, "Whether the emergency is big or small, we
count on our neighbors in these fire and rescue operations to be there, just like we count
on supporters, like the New York Power Authority, to help them provide those invaluable