Statement by Louis P.
Ciminelli, NYPA Chairman, on the Death of Charles Poletti
August 12, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Following is a statement
issued by Louis P. Ciminelli, chairman of the New York Power Authority,
concerning the death Thursday, Aug. 8, of Charles Poletti, former governor
of New York and a trustee of the Power Authority during the time that giant
hydroelectric projects were constructed in Northern and Western New York:
“I was saddened to learn of the death of
Charles Poletti, the only individual ever to serve as governor of New York
State (1942-1943) and a New York Power Authority trustee (1955-1960).
Through the course of a long, remarkable career, which included directing
civil affairs operations as an Allied military governor in war-torn Italy
during World War II, Mr. Poletti distinguished himself as a dedicated public
servant, with uncommon professionalism, courage and character.
“His years as a Power Authority trustee
coincided with the Authority’s construction of the St. Lawrence-Franklin D.
Roosevelt Power Project in Massena and the
Niagara Power Project near
Niagara Falls. The two hydroelectric projects provide some of the lowest
cost electricity in the nation to consumers and are a bulwark for
job-producing businesses and industries.
“In 1982, the Power Authority named its
natural-gas and oil fueled plant in the Astoria section of Queens in Mr. Poletti’s
honor. The facility, which had begun
operation several years earlier, has long been a source of economical power
for New York City and Westchester County government
agencies, for schools, hospitals, subways and commuter trains, municipal
buildings and other essential services.
“On behalf of myself and my fellow trustees
and all the staff at the Power Authority, I extend my heartfelt condolences
to Mr. Poletti’s family during their time of sorrow.”