For over 47 years, the Fund for the City of New York has annually recognized employees at all ranks and levels of government with its Sloan Public Service Awards, widely regarded as the “Nobel Prizes of City government.” One of this year’s six award winners, Steven Cubero, is the Plant Chief of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment facility in Greenpoint, Brooklyn — the largest of the city’s 14 wastewater facilities — and a union member in the Local 3 IBEW “A” CEE City Division.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Steven is a first-generation Puerto Rican American and a graduate of William E. Grady Career and Technical Education High School, where he received training in an apprentice equivalency program. Steven worked in NYC Transit for 12 years, and then, eight years ago, he joined the NYC Department of Environmental Protection as a Stationary Engineer (Electric) represented by Local 3.
“The benefits and wages negotiated by our Union have afforded me to provide for my family and children,” Steven said. “Besides my wife, Jessica, and children, Alyssa, Steven, Dylan, and Hailey, I would like to thank Local 3 Business Representative for the City Division, Mr. Sean Fitzpatrick, who has been instrumental to the entire city workforce.”