NYPA Presents Checks to Nine
Emergency Organizations in the Northern Catskills
June 16, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority has
presented checks totaling $20,000 to nine fire and rescue
organizations serving communities in the area of its Blenheim-Gilboa
Pumped Storage Power Project.
“These emergency organizations are vital to the
towns and villages surrounding our Blenheim-Gilboa Power
Project—communities our employees and their families call home,”
said Horace Horton, NYPA regional manager, Central New York. “We
believe it’s important to recognize the essential services these
organizations perform, and that’s the reason we host our Emergency
Services Appreciation Reception.”
Horton also noted that worker safety is a top
priority for NYPA’s statewide generating and transmission
facilities, including the Blenheim-Gilboa project. He said the
backup support and professional advice of the area fire and rescue
squads is an important element in meeting this objective.
Horton presented checks on June 14 to the
Middleburgh Fire Department, Middleburgh Volunteer Ambulance Corps,
Conesville Fire Department, Conesville Rescue Squad, Jefferson Fire
Department, Jefferson Rescue Squad, Grand Gorge Fire Department,
Grand Gorge Rescue Squad and Blenheim Hose Company.
The one-million-kilowatt Blenheim-Gilboa Project
produces economical power during peak-demand periods by recycling
water between upper and lower reservoirs.
The admission-free Blenheim-Gilboa visitors center,
housed in a refurbished 19th-century dairy barn, features
interactive exhibits for children and adults on electricity
production. It is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA is a
leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and
electric transportation initiatives. ■ It is the nation’s
largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities
in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of
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