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New Western New York Regional Manager Now Heads Power Authority's Niagara Power Project

Connie Cullen

August 8, 2006


LEWISTON—The Niagara Power Project has a new executive in charge of its operations, following the appointment by the New York Power Authority (NYPA)  of Horace Horton to regional manager of Western New York, the top position at the giant hydroelectric project here.  He had held the same job at NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Project in the northern Catskills, as regional manager of Central New York, before his transfer to Niagara in late July.

“With a $300 million upgrade at the Niagara Power Project almost complete, Horace’s great interpersonal and leadership skills are the right combination for leading this vital generating project as we look forward to the federal government’s issuance of a new 50-year operating license in 2007,” said Edward A. Welz, senior vice president and chief engineer, Power Generation, NYPA.  “His consistent and steady leadership will serve the Project well following the overhaul of its 13 turbine generators, with work on the last unit to be completed by year’s end.”

“It is an honor and privilege to be named regional manager of Western New York, where the Power Authority has such an impressive history of supporting tens of thousands of local jobs with low-cost, clean power generated at New York’s largest electric facility,” said Horton. “I look forward to working with all Niagara Project staffers to develop and implement the vision of the future for this outstanding facility, just upgraded and now ready to meet the challenges ahead.”

Horton joined NYPA as a technical training instructor at Niagara in 1992.  He went on to hold various other positions at NYPA, including deputy chief operator, Maintenance Resource Management superintendent, and Operations superintendent at the Blenheim-Gilboa Project.  In early 2005, he moved from NYPA’s Power Generation business unit to its Transmission business unit as the general manager of Transmission based at the Power Authority’s Clark Energy Center in Marcy.  Later, in 2005, he moved back to Blenheim-Gilboa to be regional manager of Central New York.

Horton graduated with a degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology from Thomas Edison College in New Jersey.

Horton replaced Randy D. Crissman who served as Western New York regional manager since 2004 before being promoted to a newly created position at NYPA, as vice president – business development and asset management, working out of NYPA’s administrative office in White Plains.

Horton and his wife Jayne are in the process of relocating to the Youngstown area.  They are the parents of three grown children Ricky, Andrew and Lisa.


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