NYPA Press Release

N. Y. Power Authority Celebrates 60th Anniversary of St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project with Community Events

For Immediate Release: 8/1/18

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

MASSENA–The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is celebrating 60 years of generating low-cost renewable energy at its St. Lawrence-Franklin Delano Roosevelt Power Project with a community celebration and an historical retrospective featuring photos, presentations and memorabilia from the very beginning of the plant’s construction. The project, which first made power in July 1958, was the first large hydroelectric plant in New York State and contributes, along with NYPA’s other generating plants, up to 20 percent of New York State’s energy, the bulk of which is clean, renewable hydroelectric power.

Members of the public are invited to join in the commemoration of this major New York milestone this summer by attending the following events:

  • August - October 2018—The Celine E. Philibert Cultural Centre and Museum in Massena will showcase an exhibit chronicling the early history of the New York Power Authority’s work on the power project, including photographs and mementos dating back to the dam’s construction. For museum hours, visit Massena Chamber of Commerce.
  • Friday, August 24—NYPA will host a summer celebration for the community at its Frank S. McCullough, Jr., Hawkins Point Visitors Center and Boat Launch on Hawkins Point Road in Massena, featuring live music, fireworks and a free ice cream social. Ice cream will be served from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a performance of Fort Drum’s Band. The celebration will conclude with a fireworks display at dusk.
  • Celebrating 60 Campaign—The public is also encouraged to share stories of their own experiences, or that of their family members, from NYPA’s construction and operation over the past six decades. Stories, photos, messages and other materials can be sent to social.media@nypa.gov and will be shared on NYPA’s social media platforms throughout the summer.


All events are free and open to the public.

About NYPA

NYPA is the largest state public power organization in the nation, operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. 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. For more information visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and LinkedIn.