New York Power Authority Helps Queens
Independence Day Celebration for 17th Year
June 20, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ASTORIAThe New York Power Authority (NYPA) made a $30,000 contribution to the
Central Astoria Local Development Coalition to help fund the Coalitions annual
Independence Day Celebration to be held Tuesday evening, July 3rd in Astoria
Park. The contribution was presented by Luis Rodriguez, the Power Authoritys
director of public and governmental affairs for Southeastern New York, to George
Stamatiades, executive vice president of the Coalition on June 13 at NYPAs
Charles Poletti Power Project.
"This is the 17th consecutive year that NYPA has sponsored an
Independence Day celebration in Queens," said Rodriguez during the presentation.
"On behalf of Chairman Joseph J. Seymour, the other trustees and the staff at the
Charles Poletti Power Project, we are very pleased to be able to continue our support for
this wonderful family event."
Stamatiades said, "We are excited to again be able to work with the Power
Authority on this project as well as others. This is a great example of the Power
Authoritys involvement in and commitment to the community, and showcases how
business and the community can work together for the betterment of all."
The Coalitions annual Independence Day Celebration begins with a concert at 7
p.m. and feature Joe Battaglia and the New York Swing Band. The fireworks will follow at
about 9:15 p.m.
The Coalition represents the business and commercial community in Western Queens.
NYPA is the nations largest state-owned power organization, and operates
generating facilities throughout the state and about 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission
lines. In Queens, and the rest of New York City, NYPA provides the lower-cost electricity
used for public schools, police and fire stations, hospitals, subways and other public