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NYPA Facility Named for Roger Clough

Steve Shoenholz

June 3, 2008


MASSENA—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has announced that the maintenance center at its Massena Substation is now officially known as The Roger B. Clough Transmission Maintenance Facility in honor of a longtime NYPA transmission lineman and leader of Local 2032 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

Clough, a Massena resident, retired in November 2007 after a career of nearly 43 years at NYPA, the last 25 as business manager of Local 2032, which represents union employees at NYPA’s  St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project in Massena,  Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project in Schoharie County and Frederick R. Clark Energy Center in Marcy, near Utica. 

Power Authority Chairman Frank S. McCullough, Jr. announced plans at a May dinner in Massena honoring Clough to name the Line Crew and Service Building at the Massena Substation for him.  The Authority’s trustees subsequently approved the proposal, marking the first time that a NYPA facility had been named for a union employee. 

The trustees adopted a resolution stating that Clough “occupies a unique place” in the Power Authority’s history and expressing appreciation “for his many years of exemplary service.” 

The resolution notes that Clough “represented his members with skill, dedication and utmost concern for their welfare while at the same time earning the trust, respect and friendship of his negotiating counterparts at the Authority.” 

“Mr. Clough recognized that a strong Power Authority and a strong union were in each other’s best interests and consistently applied his considerable talents and vision to the pursuit of these goals,” the resolution states, adding that Clough’s “extraordinary career stands as a testament to the vital role of union labor and union leadership in ensuring the Authority’s success.”

Clough began work as a janitor at the St. Lawrence project in 1964 after three years of service in the U.S. Army. He later moved to the transmission line maintenance group and, after a series of promotions, was named a hotstick lineman in 1974.

He was elected president of Local 2032 in 1977 and business manager, the local’s top position, in 1982. 

The building named for Clough is the nerve center for NYPA’s Northern Region transmission operations.  It houses planning, engineering and supervisory activities and is the base for the Power Authority’s transmission linemen in the region.

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