NYPA Initiatives

How NYPA’s Addressing the Rapidly Changing Utility Sector

Last year, NYPA announced the Strategic Plan to address the demands of a rapidly changing electric power industry. Since 2014, a new division has been created under Customer Empowerment, major electrical infrastructure modernization projects are underway, and NYPA’s culture is evolving to realign its resources. In other words, in just 12 months, we’ve made significant progress implementing our strategic plan.

As Peter Drucker said, “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Without our 1,600 dedicated employees, the Strategic Vision would never have gotten off of the ground. From our power plant electricians to our finance executives, every single one of you has been professionally and personally touched by the ambitious goals of our Strategic Plan. That is why on the first anniversary of the Strategic Plan, we wanted to hear from our people who are leveraging their experiences to empower others within and outside of NYPA to embrace changes that will impact our industry for decades.

Resource Alignment

NYPA and utilities across the nation will need to attract the next generation of workers with diverse new skill sets, while capturing the knowledge that retiring employees have accumulated over many years.

Customer Empowerment

Customers are becoming more sophisticated about their consumption of energy; they are demanding customized products and services. We’re building new relationships with our customers where we will develop solutions to their energy needs together, constantly iterating.

Infrastructure Modernization

Our transmission grid is in need of major investments to relieve bottlenecks that raise the cost of delivering power where it is most needed near New York City. Several large generating plants as well as transmission facilities in New York are aging, and may need to be replaced.

View the New York Power Authority’s Strategic Vision Plan here.

Gil C. Quiniones (@GQEnergy) is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Power Authority. Quiniones has served as Senior Vice President of Energy and Telecommunications for the New York City Economic Development Corporation during the Bloomberg Administration, and worked for Con Edison for 16 years.

NYPA Staff

Military Veteran Series: George T. Vitti, III

At NYPA, we honor and appreciate military veterans, especially our employees who have served. Our employees are recognizing their family military veterans as well, in a special photo album during National Military Appreciation Month.

NYPA employees shared these photos of their family members (who serve or have served) in all branches of the U.S. Military.

The New York Power Authority is proud of its employee diversity. Among the men and women who make up the NYPA family are accomplished U.S. Military Veterans.

George T. Vitti, III has been a Security Officer at the Poletti Plant for the past 6 years. He is a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom of which he served as a Military Police Officer in the Marines from 2002-2006.

What led you to join the Armed Forces and why did you pick the service branch that you did?

I dreamed of being a Marine as a child growing up in a military family, and I spent nearly the same amount of time at the local VFW hall with my father as I did playing with my childhood friends. When the time came, I proudly followed in the footsteps of my father and grandfather, who both earned the title of United States Marine during Vietnam and WWII.

How do the skills you learned in the military help you in your career today?

I was fortunate to have some fantastic teachers and mentors who taught and instilled in me these 14 leadership traits: justice, judgement, dependability, initiative, decisiveness, tact, enthusiasm, integrity, bearing, unselfishness, courage, knowledge, loyalty and endurance. There is no doubt that the traits and skills I have learned during my time in service has offered a guidance that is extraordinarily beneficial to my career here at the New York Power Authority.

Are you a member of any Veterans groups?

I am an active member of VFW Post #260, American Legion Post 1440, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

Do you have any funny stories during your service?

During Marine Corps Boot camp aboard Paris Island in South Carolina, we had a recruit in our platoon that somehow got his watch through the indoc (they take all of your belongings when you first get there). Well, the Drill Instructors found out he had it when they saw him wearing it one day, so they put him in the squad bay trashcan and put the lid on it. Every time they walked by and kicked it he’d pop out with his watch and yell, “SIR THE TIME ON DECK IS ZERO-NINE-FORTY-FIVE!” and then go back into his can like the grouch from Sesame Street.

On another occasion, we had a full funeral procession and burial for a mosquito. Marine Recruits are strictly banned from any movement while standing in formation, and that includes the swatting of mosquitoes. On this particular day, Recruit Jones couldn’t take that bug gnawing on his ear for a second longer, so swat it he did.

Shortly after, the ceremony and games had begun, which including singing, marching, and a whole lot of digging, but It wasn’t until we thought it was over when the drill instructor had professed the question of whether this mosquito casualty had been a male or female. So, it was 6 feet of barehanded digging back down to the bottom to find out.

NYPA Staff, Uncategorized

Around the World with Maciej

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Photography has always been a hobby for Maciej Przybylowski, a Power Contracts Analyst for NYPA.

39-year-old Maciej grew up in Poland under communist rule. Although he began working in photography as a teenager, fiddling with a Praktica 35mm camera his father shared with him, not many pictures remain from his childhood.

“Everything was so gray: gray buildings, gray landscapes. And I couldn’t travel outside of Poland at all then. So I didn’t take many pictures.” The shortage of film and the ability to develop it also made every picture precious.

Once Poland became free in 1989, Maciej began to travel to Norway and Spain, constantly shooting more images of these new places. Through the 1990s and early 2000s Maciej continued to work, travel and study, earning an MS in Economics in Poland while working at a large farm in Norway in the summers, where some of his most striking landscape images were taken.

In 2004, Maciej immigrated to the United States, where he earned a degree in Marketing from Mercy College. He also began a family of his own.

Maciej and his wife, Marzena, traveled regularly around the US, visiting national parks in the Midwest and Denali National Park in Alaska. It was there that Maciej started shooting digitally for the first time – until then, he relied on his trusted 35mm film camera. He also began taking pictures of a new subject – his growing family.

His wife was an inspiration. She said, “I don’t have many pictures from my own childhood. And because of that, I want to make sure I document the childhood of my daughters.”

So Maciej regularly employs his daughters as photo subjects and assembles albums as the years go by, crediting his wife 100% with the idea. Marzena is the main motivator behind the thousands of pictures Maciej has taken of his daughters, and she is instrumental during family “photo-shoots”. Maciej works the camera, while Marzena makes sure that the girls are engaged.