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November 10, 2016

For Release: Immediately

Central Hudson Salutes Veterans

This Veterans’ Day, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation recognizes all veterans, but particularly the many contributions veterans make within the energy industry. “Veterans are dedicated, skilled and deserving of meaningful career opportunities, and the employment needs in the energy sector are a perfect fit for many,” said Michael L. Mosher, President and C.E.O. of Central Hudson.

Central Hudson participates in the Troops to Energy jobs program initiated by Governor Cuomo, to provide veterans with employment opportunities by the state’s utilities and energy companies. The program launched in 2014, and has provided veterans across the state with jobs, using the skills they gained while serving in the military.

“Through our participation with the Troops to Energy program, we’re working independently and with other energy companies to reach out to veterans as a potential employer,” said Mosher. He explained that more than 70 veterans are employed at Central Hudson, comprising more than 7 percent of the energy company’s workforce, with 19 hired since Troops to Energy was launched.

Positions include repair and maintenance of high-voltage electric lines and pressurized natural gas pipelines, meter testing and installations, maintenance and repair of utility vehicles, control operators, engineering, security and technicians involved in Central Hudson’s adoption of smart grid technologies. “They fill a variety of critical needs in serving our customers, and bring skills and experiences they acquired while serving our country,” said Mosher.   

Veteran and Central Hudson employee Brian Kohler is an electric system Service Worker, and also helps educate fellow veterans about career opportunities at Central Hudson. “Transitioning to civilian life is difficult enough without trying to find a way to support yourself and your family,” said Kohler. “I want to be a resource that makes that transition easier, and Central Hudson has been a committed partner.”

“We’re proud of our record in support of veterans, from participating in the Veteran Energy Career Fair sponsored by the NYS Troops to Energy Jobs Consortium, to working with local colleges to identify educational partners, to promoting Troops to Energy in New York, and even marching with fellow veterans in this year’s Veteran Day Parade in New York City,” said Mosher. “We owe it to our veterans in offering them the opportunity to work in a field many have trained for, and to show our support and gratitude for their sacrifice.”

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From left, Central Hudson’s Employment Coordinator Diane D’Alessandro, Human Resources Administrator Gary Courtney, Service Worker and veteran Brian Kohler and Associate Human Resources Administrator Darrick Fuller attended a Troops to Energy Jobs career fair hosted at New York Power Authority in October. The team met with veterans to discuss potential career paths, provide advice on how to seek and apply for jobs and how skills learned in the military can translate to the utility industry.