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Power Authority Visitors Center Listed as 'Top 25' Attraction

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Steve Ramsey
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steve.ramsey@nypa.gov

April 10, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NORTH BLENHEIM—The appeal of the admission-free visitors center at the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project has been confirmed with its inclusion on the Capital District Business Review’s Top 25 Tourism and Attractions List for 2007.

Based on attendance figures for the year, the visitors center was 13th on the list. The Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, the New York State Museum in Albany and Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady held the top three spots.

“The Power Authority seeks to be a good neighbor in the area, and this recognition testifies to the Blenheim-Gilboa visitors center’s value as a community resource,” Lynn Hait, NYPA’s interim regional manager for Central New York, said. “The listing is particularly gratifying since a number of larger facilities are also included.”

The visitors center, which opened in 1973, attracted more than 42,000 people in 2007. Housed in a restored 19th-century dairy barn that is part of the historic Lansing Manor complex, the center features a variety of interactive exhibits and displays on such subjects as basics of electricity, uses of electricity and operation of the Blenheim-Gilboa project. It frequently plays host to community events and meetings.

The center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Adjacent to the visitors center is the admission-free Lansing Manor, open from May 1 to Oct. 31. Lansing Manor, a classic example of Federalist period architecture, was built by John Ten Eyck Lansing Jr., a major figure in New York State politics and government. The house is operated as a museum by the Power Authority in cooperation with the Schoharie County Historical Society.

The Lansing Manor complex is located about 50 miles southwest of Albany on Route 30. It is 17 miles south of Middleburgh and five miles north of Grand Gorge.

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