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New York Power Authority and Senator Spano Announce Donation of Computers to the Westchester School for Special Children

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Connie Cullen
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October 23, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Yonkers—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and State Senator Nicholas A. Spano announced today that the Westchester School for Special Children will receive a donation of twenty computers to support the schools’ educational programs.  The refurbished computers were made available through a state program administered by NYPA. 

“The New York Power Authority is proud to participate in this worthwhile computer donation program,” said Timothy S. Carey, President and CEO.  “Refurbished computers from NYPA will help reinforce student’s educational skills, allowing the children at WSSC to better be prepared for the future.”  

Senator Nick Spano (Westchester) said, "It is important that the Westchester School for Special Children have the computer resources necessary to help them educate their children.  I am pleased that I was able to secure 20 reconditioned, surplus computers for the school through a State program administered by the Power Authority."   

The computers donated to the Westchester School for Special Children were provided through a state law that created a program authorizing NYPA to provide refurbished computers to educational institutions across New York State. 

“We endeavor at WSSC to provide our students with the educational tools essential to developing and maintaining skills, attitude and knowledge which will help challenged students function productively and independently in today’s society,” said Donald Scampoli -Executive Director, WSSC.  “Thanks to NYPA and Senator Spano, the smart re-use of these donated computers will assist our students in achieving their ultimate educational goals.”

The Westchester School for Special Children is a New York State supported Chapter 853 school that provides high quality special education to children ages 3 to 21 years of age.  The school is accredited by the National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services and the NYS Education Department, serving residents of Westchester County and New York City.  

The reconditioning of surplus computers includes thorough cleaning of the equipment, replacement of any broken or missing parts, as well as installation of a new operating system and at least 128 megabytes of memory.  

Since 2002, NYPA has donated computers to educational facilities throughout New York State and has reconditioned some 500 computers for distribution since the program’s inception.     

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