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August 24, 2013

Ceretto, Maziarz meet with power authority exec

Tonawanda News — A pair of state lawmakers representing Niagara County met with the head of the New York Power Authority this week.

In a joint press release, state Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-Lewiston, and state Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, said they met with power authority President and CEO Gil Quiniones to discuss several issues, including ways to keep more of the revenues generated at the Robert Moses Hydroelectric Power Station in Western New York. Both lawmakers also indicated that the meeting included discussions about ways to provide more low-cost hydropower to the area and ways to boost local tourism efforts. 

“Today’s meeting with Gil Quiniones and Sen. Maziarz was very productive,” Ceretto said in a statement. “They are valuable partners for improving Western New York’s economy.”

NYPA was commissioned to build the Robert Moses Hydroelectric Power Station in 1957 after the collapse of the Schoellkopf Power Station the previous year. Upon completion in 1961, the Robert Moses Hydroelectric Power Station has provided low-cost power to New York State and been a major economic force in Western New York. There has been some progress in the last three years with NYPA, but Ceretto said there is still work to be done and that he will continue to meet with Quiniones, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other leaders to create jobs and economic development in the Western New York area.

“NYPA is critical to the people of our region, so it is very important that we look for ways to maximize its benefits for Western New Yorkers,” Ceretto said. 

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