Steven Cubero

Sloan Public Service Awards • 2021

Title and Organization Plant Chief of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, New York City Department of Environmental Protection


As the Plant Chief of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment facility, Mr. Cubero is in charge of one of the five largest wastewater treatment plants in the United States. This $5 billion facility sits on 53 acres in Greenpoint, Newtown Creek and can process up to 720,000,000 gallons of water in a single day, treating the wastewater and sewage of a service area that covers nearly one million people. Mr. Cubero’s 21 year-long career began in his freshman year of college, working as an electrician’s helper for the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA). After thirteen years at the MTA, Mr. Cubero transitioned to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in 2013 to work as a Stationary Engineer Electric at the Coney Island Wastewater Treatment Plant. In 2016, Mr. Cubero was promoted to Deputy Plant Chief for the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, where he helped to run New York City’s largest wastewater treatment facility. He only remained in this role for a year before he was asked to become the Plant Chief for the Tallman Island Wastewater Treatment Plant in College Point, Queens.

Ravi Basant, Acting Director of Plant Operations, Bureau of Wastewater Treatment, remarks, “I’m struck by Steve Cubero’s leadership capabilities and his willingness to share his knowledge with new staff members. He cares not only about the current day-to-day operations of wastewater treatment in New York City. But also, about building a new generation of workers to take up the task. He is an impressive worker and fundamental to our City’s health.”