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New Regional Manager at St. Lawrence-F.D.R. Project Brings Wide-Ranging Experiences for Latest Challenge

Connie Cullen

August 7, 2006


MASSENA—A strong and diverse technical background and broad knowledge of New York Power Authority (NYPA) operations will serve Richard Turner well for his latest challenge as NYPA’s regional manager of Northern New York, the top position at NYPA’s St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Project here.

Early this summer, NYPA promoted Turner who had served as director of maintenance productivity improvement at the St. Lawrence Project since 2004.

“With his extensive background in maintenance, operations and training, Rick was the perfect choice to provide the hands-on leadership at St. Lawrence as we continue the extensive Life Extension and Modernization [LEM] program at the project,” said Edward A. Welz, senior vice president and chief engineer, Power Generation, NYPA.  “The consistent, positive leadership that he brings is sure to contribute greatly to the success of the multiyear turbine-generator overhaul, which we expect to complete by 2013.”

“I’m honored by the confidence that the Power Authority’s senior management has shown in providing me with the opportunity to lead the St. Lawrence Project—one of New York State’s most important generating facilities,” said Turner.  “This job certainly has its challenges, not the least of which is helping to direct the ongoing LEM program, as we continue to overhaul three turbine-generators every two years, to ensure the long-term future of this vital generating project, which the Power Authority successfully relicensed in 2003.  I’m looking forward to the work ahead and the day-to-day interactions with the talented team of professionals at the St. Lawrence Project.”

Turner joined NYPA in 1981 as a mechanic at the James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant, near Oswego.  (NYPA sold the plant to the Entergy Corp. in 2000, along with another reactor, in Westchester County.)  He subsequently held various other positions, including mechanical instructor and manager of technical training at NYPA’s Clark Energy Center in Marcy and mechanical maintenance superintendent at the St. Lawrence Project, where he has worked for the last 5 years.

A native of Oswego, New York, Turner is currently completing his bachelor’s degree in Business Management with the Empire State College’s FORUM Management Program.

Turner replaced Allen Schriver as regional manager of Northern New York.  Schriver now is the Power Authority’s regional manager of Central New York, at the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project in the northern Catskills.

Rick and his wife Elizabeth (Betty) reside in Norwood.  They are the parents of four adult children Kerrie, Ryan, Adam and Abbie.  They have two grandsons, Benjamin and Turner McElroy.


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