New York Power Authority Donates Computers to West Harlem Art Fund Inc.
to Develop Historic Tour
Connie M. Cullen
January 24, 2005
NEW YORK—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced today the
donation of computer equipment to the West Harlem Art Fund, Inc., as
part of NYPA’s program to make its surplus, late model computers
available to public facilities statewide, with special emphasis on
educational programs and community-service projects.
“Computers and culture come together, inspired by Governor George E.
Pataki’s initiatives encouraging technology in education, as the West
Harlem Art Fund uses NYPA’s expertly refurbished computers to help
develop 21st Century tourism for the historic Heights communities,” said
Louis P. Ciminelli, chairman, New York Power Authority.
NYPA recently delivered five computers to the West Harlem Art Fund, a
cultural arts and preservation organization serving the West Harlem and
Washington Heights communities. The West Harlem Art Fund will use this
equipment for administration and development of a cultural tourism
initiative, including a new hybrid-electric shuttle-bus loop, in Harlem.
“NYPA, as a national leader in clean transportation programs,
enthusiastically supports the West Harlem Art Fund’s proposed cultural
bus loop of the recently designated Heights Heritage Area as it plans to
use clean hybrid-electric shuttles reinforcing Governor Pataki’s goals
for a better environment.”
“The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc., is very appreciative of the support the
New York Power Authority has provided to us. For a small organization,
it is reassuring to know that one can be rewarded for doing good and
working hard. We are also very happy that Governor Pataki along with the
New York State Northern Manhattan Delegation to the Senate and Assembly
supported our five year effort in realizing the 18th State Heritage Area
in the great State of New York—the newly established Heights Heritage
Area,” said Savona Bailey McClain, executive director, West Harlem Art
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.
NYPA’s computer donation program began in 2002 and has, so far,
distributed computers to schools and other public organizations in
Niagara Falls, the Bronx, Utica, Riverhead and Queens.
The West Harlem Art Fund utilizes art and culture in open, public spaces
to add aesthetic interest to the West Harlem and Washington Heights,
promote historical and cultural heritage, and foster a sense of
community involvement and development.