NYPA Planning Public Hearing on Proposed Allocation of Lower Cost Power
for Hudson River Park
October 28, 2003
NEW YORK—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will
hold a public hearing in December on a proposed contract that would make
lower-cost electricity available for Hudson River Park, a waterfront
area under development on the west side of Manhattan.
The power would be sold to the Hudson River Park
Trust (HRPT), a public benefit corporation charged with developing and
operating the new 550-acre park, which extends over a five-mile
distance, from Battery Park, in lower Manhattan, to 59th Street.
The contract, which is subject to the approval of
Governor George E. Pataki, would provide about 500 kilowatts (kw) of
power for various public facilities and street lights.
The Power Authority trustees Tuesday authorized
NYPA staff to issue formal notice of the public hearing on the proposed
allocation. The hearing is scheduled for Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. at NYPA’s
midtown offices at 501 Seventh Ave.
HRPT would be the latest downstate public agency to
receive discount-priced NYPA electricity, joining 114 other governmental
customers in the area. They include New York City, the Metropolitan
Transportation Authority, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
and Westchester County.
Legislation signed by Governor Pataki in 1998 led
to the creation of the new park, which is in various stages of
development, with one major section now open. Once completed, the
outdoor space will include a total of 13 public piers, a continuous
waterfront esplanade, a bikeway/walkway, playgrounds, ball fields,
lawns, gardens and fountains.
In addition to New York City and Westchester County
public agencies, the New York Power Authority’s other customers include
businesses that receive discount-priced electricity in return for job
commitments; municipal electric systems and rural cooperatives; and