As of late last week (UPDATE 9/9/09: effective the afternoon of Thursday, September 3), William Kusterbeck is longer the New York City Water Board Treasurer. Details surrounding his departure are, as of now, unknown. We will keep you posted as the story develops.
Mr. Kusterbeck has been treasurer since 1985 and worked for the DEP for six years before that. His positions in the DEP have included Director of Rates and Revenue and Director of the Office of Planning.
Regardless of the details surrounding his departure, we at WaterWatchNYC wish to commend Mr. Kusterbeck for his 30 years of service to our city. He oversaw cash-strapped budgets during droughts and worked hard to reel in the out of control spending of recent years. His dedication to serving the public will be sorely missed.
September 9, 2009 at 9:42 pm
I agree that it will not be easy to replace Bill’s experience, but perhaps the new Treasurer will have the gumption to oppose the tremendous capital debt that Bloomberg has burdened the Water Bord with.
September 19, 2009 at 3:33 pm
He was fired for cheating on his time. It’s called theft of service.
Nice example for a man in his position, a public watchdog setting our water rates. Plus, when a supervisor or manager cheats on his time,you have to wonder about the time sheets of the subordinates he is approving, and the payments the board makes with his signature.
Sounds like a total review of the board is in order.Check things all out and clean house if necessary.
April 5, 2010 at 2:44 pm
BILL KUSTERBECK WAS MY BOSS IN THE 80’S. HE WAS ONE OF THE NICEST AND HARDEST WORKING BOSSES I EVER WORKED WITH. HE DID NOT HAVE TO STEAL TIME. IT WAS OWED TO HIM FOR THE OVERTIME I SAW HIM DO.
EVERYTHING HAS GONE UP. WHY NOT WATER RATES?
BEFORE YOU ACCUSE, GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT.
April 15, 2012 at 12:20 pm
I agree with you Bill is one of the nicest people out there.
December 23, 2021 at 12:26 pm
I agree. He was a great man.
December 23, 2021 at 12:25 pm
Bill was a decent and honest boss. He was just taking his lunch hour towards the end of the day and He was set up by a conniving person in Water Board. Please find the facts before you engaged in this gossip.
October 3, 2009 at 6:02 pm
Good luck, Lindsey. Keep a close watch on things there. Here in Queens, we’re sick and tired of paying these crazy water rates and we deserve a good example of proper management, integrity and accountability. Tighten up shop and remember to lead by example. WK got busted for cheating on his time for crying out loud. Sounds like a fiasco there to me.
December 23, 2021 at 12:28 pm
Bruce, you got a even worse one. That’s what you wished for….