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Sloan Public Service Award

Left: Sloan Public Service Award honoree Steven Cubero stands on on a rooftop at Coney Island Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility; Right: Cubero holds the $10,000 public service award check from the Fund of the City of New York.
A ceremony for Cubero was held at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility.

Plant Chief Cubero’s 21 year-long career began in his freshman year of college, where he worked as an electrician’s helper for the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA). After thirteen years at the MTA, Cubero transitioned to the Department of Environmental Protection in 2013 to work as a Stationary Engineer Electric at the Coney Island WRRF. In 2016, he was promoted to Deputy Plant Chief for the Newtown Creek WRRF. He remained in this role for only a year before he was asked to become the Plant Chief for the Tallman Island WRRF in College Point, Queens. He now serves as Plant Chief at the Newtown Creek WRRF.

The Newtown Creek WRRF is the largest of NYC’s 14 wastewater facilities and one of the five largest treatment plants in the United States. The five billion dollar facility sits on 53 acres in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and can process up to 720,000,000 gallons of wastewater in a single day, covering a service area of nearly one million people.

The Fund for the City of New York annually recognizes six outstanding civil servants through its Sloan Public Service Award, widely regarded as the Nobel Prize of City government. Read more about Cubero and the other Sloan Award honorees.



The NYC Department of Environmental Protection protects public health and the environment by supplying clean drinking water, collecting and treating wastewater, and reducing air, noise, and hazardous materials pollution.

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