Power Authority’s ‘Woman Leader’ Plays Key Role
in Controlling Health Care Costs
November 9, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
has chosen for its Woman Leader of the Year an employee who worked
tirelessly to control the rising tide of NYPA’s health care costs
while designing an attractive, comprehensive benefits package for
close to 3,000 employees and retirees.
Ida Gencarelli, NYPA’s Director of Employee
Benefits, had to strike a balance between two important concerns:
attracting, motivating and retaining talented employees while
weighing the financial impact the benefits package would have on the
Power Authority’s bottom line.
Her considerable achievement will be recognized
today at the 33rd Annual Academy of Women Leaders 2006 Salute
Luncheon, sponsored by the YWCA of the City of New York, Thursday,
November 9, at the Sheraton New York Hotel.
“It is very gratifying to me to be able to offer
our employees such an attractive benefits package within the cost
parameters laid down,” Gencarelli said. “It’s my way of serving the
public while serving the needs of the Power Authority.” Gencarelli
began her career with the Power Authority as a personnel clerk in
1979, and over the years has worked in almost every aspect of Human
Resources (HR), including employee records, occupational health,
labor relations relating to benefits issues and, finally, employee
benefits. Her experiences working with employees one-on-one in
various HR functions have given her a first hand appreciation of
what’s important to people and of the impact various benefits
changes may have on the lives of employees and their families.
“Ida’s success in managing our health care costs
was a noteworthy achievement by itself,” Tim Carey, NYPA’s President
and CEO, said. “But when you also factor in her advocacy on behalf
of employees, this recognition is well-deserved, indeed.”
In addition to her work at the Power Authority,
Gencarelli has served on the Board of the New York Business Group on
health and is a current member of the Benefits Utility Group. Her
proudest accomplishment, however, is as mother of her teenage son.
■ NYPA uses no tax money or
state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of
bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of
electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting
energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric
transportation initiatives. ■ It is the
nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating
facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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