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Power Authority Supporting Astoria Children's Bike Race

Contact:
Ed Birdie
914-390-8180
ed.birdie@nypa.gov

May 14, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

ASTORIA—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will be a sponsor of the annual Astoria Civic Association Novice Children’s Bike Race on Sunday, May 20. 

More than 200 tots to pre-teens are expected to participate in the race, which will begin at 10 a.m. along Shore Boulevard in Astoria Park. Spectators from all parts of Queens are expected to attend, along with local officials and community leaders.

 “This is a great event that celebrates more than a quarter-century of community service by the Astoria Civic Association,” said Joseph Leary, NYPA’s director of public and governmental affairs for Southeast New York.  “The participants in the bike races get to compete in their own age bracket and everyone takes home a medal.”

Sixteen events—eight each for boys and girls—are scheduled.  Categories include the Lollipop Division for four-year-olds and younger, pedaling 50-yards; Toddlers; School Boys and Girls; Grasshoppers; Peewees; Mites; Midgets; and the Intermediate Division for 11-year-olds, going a half mile. 

Trophies will be presented to the first five finishers in each race.  All participants will receive a medal and a commemorative T-shirt.

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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