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NEW YORK OFFERS POWER-FULL OUTDOOR FUN

 NEW YORK, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Panoramic vistas, wilderness trails, open-air concerts, a chance to catch the big one -- all can be found, and much more, by seeking out a visitors' center of the New York Power Authority.
 Still almost an insiders' secret are the award-winning parks and raft of recreational activities at NYPA's three large hydropower projects which churn out some of the cheapest electricity in the country.
 "Fishing, water sports, picnicking and even educational opportunities await everyone at our visitors' centers," says NYPA Chairman Richard M. Flynn. "Free family fun is the order of the day."
 Anglers seeking salmon, rainbow trout and yellow perch are delighted by the teeming waters of the Niagara River Gorge at NYPA's Niagara Power Project. A finishing pier with handicap access and a fish cleaning station provide safe year-round fishing.
 The Niagara Project's visitors' center, perched atop the Robert Moses Nigeria Power Plant, provides breathtaking views of the river gorge. Here visitors can trace history of hydropower development at Niagara Falls.
 "Or if you just want a lazy day in the sun, recreational facilities built by NYPA adjacent to our projects provide the starting point," Flynn says. "From Mine Kill State Park with its three-pool swimming complex to the 2,300-acre Robert Moses State Park on the St. Lawrence Seaway, we've got it all."
 Flora and fauna fanciers can catch nature at its best at NYPA's bucolic Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. A nationally certified blue bird trail makes capturing nature on film easy for the photobug. Showpiece of the visitors' complex, about 40 miles southwest of Albany, is Lansing Manor Museum, a restored early 19th century mansion.
 And split down the middle by a border with Canada is NYPA's St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project. An attractive visitors' center welcome young and old with exhibits portraying the history of electricity production and other highlights of the St. Lawrence River area.
 Curious about nuclear power? NYPA also operates, in conjunction with the Niagara Mohawk Power Corp., the Energy Center at scenic Nine Mile Point on Lake Ontario. Located east of Oswego, the Energy Center is adjacent to NYPA's James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant and Niagara Mohawk's Nine Mile Nuclear Plants.
 For travel information, hours and an up-to-the-minute schedule of activities for each visitors' center, call 1-800-332-NYPA from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., EST.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Interviews, great scenic photos available./
 /CONTACT: Maura McGillicuddy of NYPA, 212-468-6352/


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