2004-06-02 / Features

NYPA Donates $30 K

To Independence Day Fete
NYPA Donates $30 K To Independence Day Fete

Eugene W. Zeltmann, president and chief executive officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), presented a $30,000 contribution to the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition (CALDC) to help fund the CALDC annual Independence Day celebration, to be held Thursday evening, July 1 in Astoria Park. The contribution was presented to Julian Wager, CALDC president, at the NYPA Charles Poletti Power Project in Astoria on Monday, May 24.

"This year, 2004, is very special for Queens and the Power Authority as it marks the 20th anniversary of NYPA’s proud sponsorship of the Coalition’s annual Independence Day Celebration," Zeltmann said. "On behalf of Chairman Louis P. Ciminelli, our other trustees and the staff at the Poletti Project, we are very pleased to continue our role as a good neighbor in Queens by supporting what is always a special and patriotic family event which this year is dedicated to the Astoria community."

"We are sincerely appreciative of this generous Power Authority contribution, allowing us to bring this great event to our community highlighted by a superb fireworks display and an outstanding selection of musical performances," Wager said. The annual Independence Day celebration is dedicated this year to the business and commercial community in Western Queens represented by CALDC. It begins at 7:30 p.m. and features music by Joe Battaglia and the New York Big Band, Lenny Coco and the Chimes, and Randy and the Rainbows. The fireworks will follow at about 9:15 p.m.

NYPA has also provided high-efficiency lighting and other energy improvements at some 182 municipal and not-for-profit facilities in Queens. NYPA is the nation’s largest state-owned power organization, and operates generating facilities throughout the state and about 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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