Yonkers Resident Named Woman Achiever
November 14, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORKThe New York Power Authority (NYPA) has selected Sobeida Cruz, community
relations manager for Southeastern New York, as its Woman Achiever of the Year for 2001.
Cruz was one of approximately 100 women honored by their employers at the annual Salute
to Women Achievers Luncheon sponsored by the Academy of Women Achievers of the YWCA of the
City of New York at the New York Marriott Marquis in Manhattan on Wednesday (Nov. 14). The
award recognizes women who have demonstrated leadership and served as positive examples in
"Sobeida has represented the Power Authority with effectiveness, professionalism
and grace in all our undertakings to serve the many diverse communities of Southeastern
New York," said Eugene W. Zeltmann, the Power Authoritys president and chief
operating officer. "She embodies the spirit of excellence symbolized by this
A resident of Yonkers, Cruz is based in the Power Authoritys White Plains office
but spends most of her time working in the communities served by NYPA. She was selected
for the award from among Power Authority staff at projects and offices throughout New York
In nominating her for the award, Cruzs supervisor noted her efforts in winning
community support for 10 small, clean gas-turbine generators
that NYPA installed throughout the City of New York to help ensure the reliability of the
citys power supply. The new generators proved invaluable during last Augusts
heat wave, when temperaturesand electricity usesoared to record highs.
Since joining the Power Authority staff in 1984, Cruz has been instrumental in many of
the Authoritys major projects in Southeastern New York, including promoting
NYPAs widely recognized electric vehicle program. She
is currently working to gain acceptance for a 500-megawatt, natural gas-fueled plant that
the Power Authority has proposed for the site of its
Poletti Power Project in Queens.
Cruz received the 2001 Headliner Award from the Westchester Chapter of the Association
for Women in Communications in June. Also this year, she was named Business Woman of the
Year by the Westchester County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and City of White Plains
Mayor Joseph Delfino proclaimed Aug. 2 as Sobeida Cruz Day.
Born and raised in New York City, Cruz received a bachelor of arts degree from Hunter
College and a masters degree in public administration from the University of