NYPA Announces Computers For Two
February 10, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
announced today it will provide surplus computer equipment to two schools in
Queens as part of its program to make refurbished computers available to
“The New York Power Authority is pleased to play a
role, under Governor Pataki’s leadership, in strengthening public education
for New York’s children,” said Louis P. Ciminelli, chairman, New York Power
Authority. “This Power Authority computer donation program helps build on
that strength by expanding access to high tech resources so vital to
learning in the 21st Century.”
The Power Authority is ready to deliver 10 computers to
Public School 84 in Community School District 30 in Long Island City and 10
computers to Our World Neighborhood Charter School located in Astoria. The
Power Authority utilizes about 1,700 computers in its normal operation and
replaces about 400 to 500 computers each year.
The surplus equipment is thoroughly cleaned and
provided with a minimum of 64 megabytes of memory. The computers have been
tested with a new installation of the operating system, and any missing or
broken parts have been replaced.
“There is always a need for more computers in our
schools and so with help from Governor Pataki and the New York Power
Authority’s computer donation program we are able to enhance our students’
learning experiences to the fullest,” said Senator George Onorato.
“On behalf of the students who will benefit from this
donation of computer equipment, I want to thank the New York Power
Authority,” said Helen Marshall, Queens Borough President. “During this
difficult budget season our students need all the help that they can get to
bring their classrooms into the 21st Century.”
“NYPA’s recent donation of late model computers for
Queens classrooms at P.S. 84 along with their past activities of installing
high efficiency lighting or replacing polluting coal furnaces with clean
natural gas systems are examples of their commitment to the community,” said
Dr. Angelo Gimondo, superintendent, Community School District 30 in Queens.
“We commend Governor Pataki and the Power Authority for their continuing
“By having greater access to computers, our students
will have more opportunities to learn the skills needed to succeed and we
are grateful to Governor Pataki and the New York Power Authority for these
opportunities.” said James Sarconi, principal, Public School 84.
“Governor Pataki championed the law creating charter
schools in New York, and we are grateful that he continues to support the
initiative through the donation of these computers to Our World Neighborhood
Charter School," said James D. Merriman, executive director, Charter Schools
Institute, State University of New York.
“Our World Neighborhood Charter School is committed to
preparing our students for bright futures, which means they must have
computer skills,” said Michael Buonasora, chairman, Board of Trustees, Our
World Neighborhood Charter School. “We want to thank Governor Pataki and
the New York Power Authority for including us in this very worthwhile
program and we will put these computers to very good use.