NYPA Responds to COVID

In March 2020 we entered unprecedented times when COVID-19 swept into New York State. NYPA remains unwavering in our commitment to providing reliable power while ensuring the safety of our employees.

Update on NY “UnPause”: While most NYPA and Canal Corp. employees will continue to work remotely for now, some will return to their workplace in regions that have been "unpaused" by the Governor. This will be a phased and calibrated process, with employees’ safety and health in mind. Sequestration of essential employees ended on May 15 at all locations except the Eugene W. Zeltmann Power Project, the Richard M. Flynn Power Plant and the Small Clean Power Plants.

The criteria for “unpausing” and easing lockdown restrictions are based on a geographical region meeting seven public-health metrics set forth by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. All regions of the state except New York City are now in Phase 2 or Phase 1 of reopening.

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced (on May 26) the Mid-Hudson Region has met all seven metrics to begin phase one of reopening, joining the Capital Region, Western New York, Central New York, North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions. Long Island reopened on May 27 when their contact tracing operation came online and deaths declined. To further jumpstart the economy, the state will work to increase low cost renewable power downstate and production upstate with building of new cross-state transmission cables; expedite a power cable from Canada to New York City and increase renewable energy resources. 

Return to the workplace updates: 

All regions of New York State except New York City are now able to reopen Phase 1 businesses. Phase 1 includes construction, which allows expansion of additional construction work to resume on sites. Phase 1 does not include administrative staff. 

While some employees in “unpaused” regions of New York State have been cleared to return to their work site/facility by their leadership and as per New York Forward phase and site/facility plans, most who can work remotely are asked to continue to do so until further notice. NYPA is supporting employees with a comprehensive Return to the Workplace Guide.

See below for Phase (as relevant to NYPA) and Sites eligible by Phase.

UNPAUSED Phase 1: Construction (eligible NYPA Sites are B-G, CEC, FLN, NIA, STL)

UNPAUSED Phase 2: Administrative, professional services (*eligible NYPA Sites are ALB, BUF, WPO)

Phase 3: Food service, not yet unpaused (N/A)

Phase 4: Education, recreation, not yet unpaused (eligible NYPA Sites include NYPA's Visitors Centers)

*Some upstate regions may reach Phase 2 as early as Friday, May 29. We expect WPO unpause no earlier than June 9.


Reaching veterans during COVID-19 and honoring their great service

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Reaching veterans during COVID-19 and honoring their great service | NYPA's Veterans employee resource group's May 2020 campaign brings digital messages of gratitude and hope to U.S. military veterans. COVID-19 and social distancing does not limit our ability to share how thankfully we are for their service.

Stay Strong, Rock Your Mask, Practice Social Distancing, Keep it Clean