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NY Power Authority Appoints White Plains Resident To New Position Of Business Development And Asset Management

Connie Cullen

August 10, 2006


WHITE PLAINS—Randy D. Crissman, who formerly held the top job at the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Niagara Power Project, has been promoted to the newly created position of vice president of business development and asset management, at NYPA’s administrative office building here.

“Randy is ideally suited for this new position as we look to strategically align the organization for the challenges we face going forward,” said Edward A. Welz, senior vice president and chief engineer, Power Generation, NYPA.  “He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge ranging from project operations to executive management providing the skills and leadership needed to implement the Power Authority’s important business goals.”

“The challenge the Power Authority has given me to help shape its future business and operations strategies is a great opportunity and one I believe I am well-prepared for given the range of my  experiences at NYPA,” said Crissman. “I appreciate the confidence the Power Authority has shown in my abilities and I look forward to working with many of its talented professionals to help make a significant contribution to NYPA’s future successes.”

Crissman served as regional manager for Western New York from January 2004 until last month, and regional manager for Northern New York from July 2001 to December 2003, leading NYPA’s St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project.

In his new role, Crissman will be responsible for business development and asset management strategies for both the Power Generation and Transmission Business Units.  For business development, he will have responsibility for the annual and 10-year budget and expenditure plans, and to ensure that NYPA’s financial resources are used to operate its generation and transmission assets at the lowest possible cost while maintaining best-in-class reliability.  In asset management, he will implement industry-recognized standards and methods for maintenance and work management to support the business development goals.

Crissman joined the NYPA staff in 1986 as a senior hydraulic engineer reporting to the Energy Control Center in Marcy while based at the Niagara Power Project.  In his engineer role, he was the project manager for the design and construction of NYPA’s icebreaker William H. Latham, which is used on the upper Niagara River to mitigate ice problems affecting plant operations.  He also managed a multi-year evaluation of measures that might reduce the potential for ice jamming along the river, leading to a new design for the Lake-Erie-Niagara River ice boom.  He was named general maintenance superintendent at the Niagara r Project in March 1999 and served in that capacity until being promoted to regional manager for Northern New York in 2001.

Crissman earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in civil engineering and also a Master of Business Administration from the State University of New York in Buffalo.

He and his wife Karen, an interior designer, have just relocated from Youngstown to White Plains. They are the parents of two adult daughters, Erin and Lindsey.


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■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.