Power Authority Appoints Regional Manager for Western New York, Niagara Project

Jack Murphy

December 15, 2003


The New York Power Authority has announced the appointment of Randy D. Crissman as Regional Manager for Western New York and the top local official at its Niagara Power Project in Lewiston.

He succeeds Ronald W. Ciamaga, who retired. The appointment is effective Jan. 5, 2004.

Crissman’s  appointment, and that of Allen D. Schriver, were announced by Robert A. Hiney, executive vice president of project operations.

Schriver will succeed Crissman as Regional Manager for Northern New York. He will be based at the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project in Massena.

“Randy Crissman and Allen Schriver provide a wealth of knowledge about our hydroelectric plants and enormous experience in all aspects of their operations,” said Hiney. “They have been deeply involved with ongoing life extension and modernization programs at both projects.”

The Power Authority is investing about $500 million in upgrading and modernizing the two facilities.

Crissman returns to Niagara Falls after 2 ˝ years as the Power Authority’s Regional Manager for Northern New York.

He joined the Power Authority staff in 1986 as a senior hydraulic engineer, residing at the Niagara Project and reporting to the Power Authority’s Energy Control Center in Marcy, NY.  He was promoted to general maintenance superintendent at the Niagara Project in March 1999.  Prior to that he served one year as a senior engineer in the Power Generation Engineering Division located in White Plains, while still residing at the Niagara Project.  He was project manager for the design and construction of the icebreaker William H. Latham, and also manager of a multi-year evaluation of measures for reducing ice jamming in the upper Niagara River, a project that resulted in a new design for an ice boom at the entrance to the river.

He has served as the Power Authority's representative on the working committee of the International Niagara Board of Control and has coordinated NYPA's responsibilities with Ontario Power Generation for the maintenance of jointly operated facilities on the Niagara River and the St. Lawrence River.

Crissman earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering and also an M.B.A. from the State University of New York in Buffalo.

He and his wife Karen, an interior designer, are the parents of two adult daughters, Erin and Lindsey.