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NEW YORK POWER AUTHORITY REPAIRS VANDALIZED TOWERS

 NEW YORK POWER AUTHORITY REPAIRS VANDALIZED TOWERS
 COLUMBIA, N.Y., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Crews worked Monday to


repair three transmission towers that partially fell Sunday as a result of vandalism along the New York Power Authority's Marcy-South line in this Herkimer County town.
 Power was cut off on the 207-mile line's northern segments, but continued to flow on portions of the line south of the Coopers Corners Substation in Sullivan County. Electricity supplies were unaffected as power was carried on other transmission lines. There were no injuries.
 Power Authority officials said one of the metal pole towers had fallen almost to the ground in gusty winds late Sunday afternoon and that the transmission wire had pulled the two adjacent structures to a lesser extent.
 The officials said 28 nuts that secured anchor bolts on the base of the first tower had been deliberately removed, making the structure vulnerable to the winds. They noted that special tools would have been required to remove the nuts. It was unclear when the vandalism had occurred.
 "This was an extraordinarily vicious and irresponsible act," said John C. Brons, the Power Authority's president and chief operating officer. "Whoever tampered with that tower did so with total disregard for the safety of the public."
 The towers are located between Depot Road and Millers Mills Road, just north of the Herkimer-Otsego County border, in an area where another transmission structure was vandalized several years ago. The Power Authority notified State Police of the situation.
 Depot Road was closed in the area of the towers.
 The segment of the transmission line from Marcy, near Utica, to Coopers Corners had shut down automatically at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, but operators, who at that point were unaware of the problem with the towers, restored it to service about 10 minutes later.
 After learning of the problem from a local resident at about 5 p.m., operators removed the Marcy-Coopers Corners portion from service and also de-energized the circuits from the Edic Substation in Marcy to the Fraser Substation in the Town of Delhi, Delaware County.
 It was uncertain Monday when service would be restored.
 The Marcy-South line, completed in 1988, extends from Marcy to East Fishkill in Dutchess County.
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 /CONTACT: Stephen Shoenholz, 212-468-6313, or Nancy Dubner, 315-724-8186, ext. 261, both of New York Power Authority/ CO: New York Power Authority ST: New York IN: UTI SU:


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