NYPA Press Release

N. Y. Power Authority North Country Executive Recognized for Leadership by Massena Chamber of Commerce

For Immediate Release:  2/9/2018

Contact: Karen White | Karen.White@nypa.gov | (315) 764-6863

PHOTO of Ed Rider Available Here


MASSENA—Ed Rider, the New York Power Authority’s Regional Manager for Northern New York, was honored Thursday by the Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce with its Business Leadership Award at its annual luncheon meeting.

Rider began working at NYPA in 1982 at the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project in Massena after earning a B.S. in electrical and computer engineering from Clarkson University. He rose through the ranks and over the years has provided engineering and managerial oversight in a variety of Power Authority leadership positions. During his 35-year career with NYPA, Rider has held jobs in other New York regions, which has given him a wide perspective on NYPA’s statewide clean energy footprint. In 2012, he was named Regional Manager for Northern New York—the highest ranking position at the St. Lawrence Power Project --where he is responsible for the safe operation of the power dam’s 16 generating units that produce 820,000 kilowatts of hydropower, the projects 200-plus member workforce, and its vast recreational and environmental projects throughout the project boundary.

“The importance of the low-cost, clean power generated by the St. Lawrence Power Project to our aluminum industry and as a stimulus for bringing businesses to our region cannot be overstated,” said Nate Lashomb, Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce executive director. “We all have a keen interest in the project’s effective operation and Ed Rider is at the forefront of this effort. He works tirelessly for NYPA and the community and truly embodies the principles of a business leader.”

“Ed Rider has developed tremendous credentials and knowledge of NYPA’s operations, and is generous sharing his knowledge with others,” said NYPA Vice Chair and Massena Resident Eugene Nicandri. “He is a great asset to the Power Authority and we are grateful to the Massena Chamber of Commerce for this recognition of his contributions to the Massena community.”

“It’s always gratifying to have the work of one our employees recognized by representatives of their community,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO.  “In the case of Ed Rider, it makes perfect sense. We couldn’t ask for a more capable, astute and personable manager of our Northern New York hydropower assets, and it’s nice to see our appreciation of Ed echoed by his community.”

Rider is an active member of the Massena Rod and Gun Club, the Elks Lodge 1702 in Massena and the Massena Tech Prep Mentoring Program. His hobbies include competitive clay shooting, sailing, and vacationing in his childhood home in the Adirondacks. He and his wife Jennifer live in Massena and have two grown children, Brandon and Devin.

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