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Nov. 20, 2018
For Release: Immediately
Hyde Park Resident Wins Central Hudson’s Fall Foliage Photo Contest 

The winner of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation’s sixth annual Fall Foliage Photo Contest’s $500 prize is Kristen Buttitta of Hyde Park, who submitted her photograph taken at the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site in the Town of Hyde Park, Dutchess County. Of the 20 finalists, Buttitta’s photograph received 506 votes, the most cast by Central Hudson’s Facebook followers. In total, more than 3,800 votes were cast. The contest received a record 312 photo entries this year. 

“We congratulate Kristen for her winning photograph, which beautifully captures the autumn colors of the Mid-Hudson Valley,” said Denise D. VanBuren, Vice President of Public Relations at Central Hudson. “All entries were truly stunning, each of them depicting our region’s spectacular fall season. We offer our sincere appreciation to the talented contestants who shared their work.

“Thank you also to all who participated by voting and submitting photographs,” said VanBuren. “We are proud to serve this beautiful and historic part of the country, and this annual contest reminds us of the privilege of living here.”

The contest opened on September 28, 2018, inviting Central Hudson customers to submit photographs of the region’s fall season taken within the energy company’s service area by Nov. 5. A selection of finalists was posted to Central Hudson’s Facebook page, and voters were asked to “like” their favorite of the finalists. The official voting ended at noon on Nov. 20.

VanBuren also reminded customers of the benefits of “liking” and “following” Central Hudson on Facebook and Twitter to receive important safety messages, energy efficiency tips, announcements on new programs and services, updates on severe weather and other helpful information.

To view the images of all the finalists, go to Central Hudson’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/CentralHudson.

 

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The winner of Central Hudson’s sixth annual Fall Foliage Photo Contest and $500 prize is Kristen Buttitta of Hyde Park, who submitted her photograph taken at the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site in the Town of Hyde Park, Dutchess County.