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NYPA Trustees to Meet in Buffalo, Public is Invited to Participate in New 'Open Microphone' Format

Christine Pritchard

November 18, 2008


BUFFALO—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) Trustees will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, November 19.

The location and the time for the meeting have changed.  The trustee meeting will be held at 12 p.m. noon at the Buffalo Conference Center, Six Fountain Plaza, Conference Room G, on the second floor, in Buffalo, N.Y.

In accordance with the New York State Open Meetings Law, the public is invited to attend.

This forum, however, marks the first time that members of the public are invited to participate by speaking at the meeting to the members of the NYPA Board of Trustees. Any individuals wishing to address the trustees at the meeting are asked to contact the Power Authority at (914) 287-3035. Remarks will be limited to five minutes.

The Western New York venue and the new open format mark the first of many efforts the Power Authority will undertake under the leadership of its new president and chief executive officer, Richard M. Kessel, to be more transparent and accessible to the public.

In fulfillment of the pledge to continue holding trustee meetings around the state, Mr. Kessel also indicated that the December trustee meeting will be held in Utica, New York, on December 16.

Mr. Kessel will continue to work with Acting Chairman Michael J. Townsend and the other members of the NYPA Board to schedule future trustee meetings in various regions of the state. In making this commitment, Mr. Kessel pledged to hold a trustee meeting early next year in Niagara County where NYPA operates the Niagara Power Project, which produces over 2,400 megawatts of electricity that supports more than 45,000 jobs in Western New York.

Individuals unable to attend the trustee meetings can view them via the Internet by visiting the Power Authority’s website at and clicking on “Meetings and Webcasts,” near the center of the page, and then another link entitled “Watch Live.”  In addition, individuals are able to participate via videoconference by visiting the NYPA White Plains Office at 123 Main Street, 16th Floor Executive Conference Room, White Plains, N.Y.  Contact Angela Graves (914) 287-3092.

 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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