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New York Power Authority Supports Queens Independence Day Celebration

Joseph Leary

June 1, 2007


ASTORIA—Timothy S. Carey, president and chief executive officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), presented $35,000 to Julian Wager, President of the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition (LDC), to help underwrite LDC’s Independence Day Celebration, which will be held Friday evening, June 29 in Astoria Park.  

“We at the Power Authority are proud to continue our partnership with the people of Queens by sponsoring the 25th anniversary of this wonderful patriotic family event," Carey said. "This is something we’ve been doing for the past 23 years. On behalf of Chairman Frank McCullough, our other trustees and the staff at the Poletti Power Project in Astoria, I congratulate Julian Wager and the Coalition for planning another superb celebration and I encourage the entire community to take part in it.” 

“We are very appreciative of the Power Authority’s contribution, which again allows us to bring this great event, highlighted by a fabulous fireworks display and outstanding music, to Queens residents,” Wager said. “This is just one part of the Power Authority’s long history of dedicated involvement in our community, which includes providing the power used by our subways, police and fire stations, schools, hospitals and municipal buildings. It is a good example of how government, business and the community can work together to achieve benefits for all.” 

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Freedom” in recognition of the 350th anniversary of the Flushing Remonstrance, signed in 1657, that granted English citizens living under Dutch Rule in Flushing the freedom to practice their Quaker faith.  The document is now enshrined as a precursor to the U.S. Constitution’s provision on freedom of religion, which is enshrined in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights

The celebration begins at 7:30 p.m. with a Marine Corps color guard, followed by music performed by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the time-honored Grucci fireworks display, which will begin at around 9 p.m.

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 ■    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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