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Cash-strapped NUMC gets low-cost power from state

Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. (Nov.

Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. (Nov. 20, 2013) Credit: Barry Sloan

Cash-strapped Nassau University Medical Center is getting help from New York State in the form of low-cost power for seven years, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Tuesday.

The public hospital in East Meadow will receive 2,396 kilowatts of electricity from the state Power Authority in exchange for promising to retain a workforce of 2,715 people at the hospital. A thousand kilowatts equals 1 megawatt, which equals the electricity used by 800 to 1,000 homes.

NUMC also plans to spend $26.1 million in improvements to its buildings to increase energy efficiency, including window sealing, exterior pointing and other upgrades, hospital spokeswoman Shelley Lotenberg said.

NUMC chief executive Arthur A. Gianelli said the cheap power would aid in the hospital's "transformation to become the lowest-cost, highest-quality provider for all of the region's patients, particularly our region's most vulnerable populations."

Gianelli, as chief executive, has taken steps to bolster NUMC's finances, but they remain troubled. He was asked to resign recently so Nassau County could look for new leadership for the hospital and its sister nursing home and health clinics, County Executive Edward Mangano said last month.

NUMC is among 11 companies and not-for-profit groups on Long Island winning incentives from the authority's ReCharge NY program, which was created in 2011 to replace the Power for Jobs program. There have been six previous rounds of awards.

NUMC is receiving the largest allocation of low-cost electricity.

The greatest number of jobs to be created is 400, at a proposed automated warehouse in Melville by C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. The $130-million project will receive 1,890 kilowatts.

C&S Wholesale and several other power recipients also won state tax credits last week in Cuomo's annual regional economic development councils' awards ceremony.

Other projects gaining cheap electricity are:

AL Energy Solutions LED will use 260 kilowatts for an $8 million factory in Westhampton Beach and create 138 jobs.

U.S. Nonwovens, a maker of cleaning supplies, will spend $2 million on a plant in Commack that will use 106 kilowatts and create 90 jobs.

Busse Hospital Disposables will receive 200 kilowatts in return for $250,000 in improvements to its Hauppauge operation, where 290 people work.

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