New York Power Authority Helps
Launch Bronx River Alliance Summer Canoe/Kayak Program
May 9, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BRONX—Just before the launch of this year’s annual
Bronx River Flotilla on Saturday May 5, the New York Power Authority
(NYPA) presented a $4,500 donation toward the Bronx River Alliance
summer canoe/kayak program. Over 80 kayaks and canoes participated
in the Flotilla and paddled down the river from 219th Street to
where it empties into the East River by Hunts Point/Soundview.
"The Bronx River is one of the borough's most
important natural resources," said Sobeida Cruz, director of public
& governmental affairs for the Bronx and Lower Hudson Valley, NYPA.
"The last decade has seen a renaissance of interest and restoration
of this unique urban waterway, due in no small part to the
coordinated efforts of the New York City Parks Department and
the Bronx River Alliance and its member organizations. The Power
Authority is happy to support the Alliance in its programs to once
again make the entire river enjoyable and accessible to all."
The Alliance is a consortium of over 100
community-based, national and international organizations that works
closely with the New York City Parks Department to protect, improve
and restore the Bronx River corridor and greenway so that they can
be healthy ecological, recreational, educational and economic
resources for the communities through which the river flows.
Joining Cruz for the presentation were Bronx River
Alliance Chairman Dart Westphal; First Deputy Mayor Patricia E.
Harris; Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz; Councilman Oliver Koppel;
Commissioner Adrian Benepe, City of New York Department of Parks,
and Bronx River Alliance Executive Director Linda Cox.
Also on display at the presentation was a
Ford Escape Hybrid AWD vehicle, funded by the Bronx Initiative for
Energy & the Environment (BIEE) of which the Power Authority is a
major supporter. This vehicle is used by the Alliance for river
cleanup and restoration.
Photo and Caption
■ 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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