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NYPA Crews to Help with Cleanup Efforts in City, County for Additional Week

Michael Saltzman

October 20, 2006


LEWISTON―New York Power Authority (NYPA) transmission-line crews and workers will remain in Buffalo and Erie County for an additional week to help in the cleanup efforts resulting from the October 12 snowstorm.

"Our transmission crews from different parts of the state have been here since Monday and from all reports have been a great asset in helping to remove the trees and debris felled by last week’s storm, " said Timothy S. Carey, NYPA  president and chief executive officer. "After talks this morning with Congressman Tom Reynolds, Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, City of Buffalo officials and the State Emergency Management Office, we’ve decided to keep these crews here another week to continue to help with the cleanup.”

The NYPA linemen are from three upstate facilities operated by the statewide public power utility: the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Project in the Northern Catskills, the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Project in Massena and the Frederick R. Clark Energy Center in Marcy. They’ll continue to work where requested, bolstered by additional workers and equipment from NYPA’s Niagara Power Project here.

The transmission crews are equipped with  bucket trucks, chain saws, wood chippers and other equipment to help clear away fallen trees, branches and other debris, and assist in repairing local-utility distribution lines. They are working closely with the New York State Office of Emergency Management, which is leading the recovery efforts under Governor Pataki.

About NYPA:

■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues 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 transmission lines.

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