Keith Misciagna, a business representative with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 164 based in Paramus, N.J., has been appointed to the Park Ridge Board of Utilities by Mayor Donald J. Ruschman. The Park Ridge, N.J., resident will contribute his electrical expertise and general utility knowledge to the municipally owned water utility and electric department.“As a 15-year resident of Park Ridge, I welcome this opportunity to make a significant contribution toward securing the lowest utility costs and managing the most efficient and effective water and electric delivery systems throughout Park Ridge,” said Misciagna. “I look forward to working with the members of the board, various departments and local residents.”
Since 2002, when the power futures markets were at an all-time low, Park Ridge and seven other municipalities formed a consortium to bid for its own electrical power supply company. As a result of this three-year wholesale contract, Park Ridge’s more than 3,700 resident customers enjoyed the lowest electric rates in New Jersey. Currently, the borough has the lowest electric rates in the Pascack Valley region.
Since 1998, Misciagna has been responsible for representing Local 164’s more than 1,200 telecommunications members working for more than 270 signatory agencies throughout New Jersey. In addition, he serves as the director for the Youth Transition to Work (YTTW) grant program and is a member of the Bergen County Planning Board, Building Industry Consulting Services International, Bergen County Habitat for Humanity, Bergen County Building Trades and the Committee on Political Education. Misciagna previously served as member of the IBEW National Telecommunications Advisory Panel, which developed the current national training curriculum for telecom technicians.
Prior to becoming a business representative, Misciagna was a senior project manager for Mehl Communications in Pearl River, N.Y., as well as an IBEW Local 164 construction journeyman/foreman and instructor for the Communications Division.
A graduate of The Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in economics, he is pursuing a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Baltimore through a cooperative program offered by the National Labor College, based in Silver Spring, Md.