Yonkers Resident Named
2005 Woman Leader by NYPA
Connie M. Cullen
November 21, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
has selected Anne N. McSpedon, payroll manager in NYPA’s Business
Services Unit, as the Power Authority’s Woman Leader of the Year for
McSpedon was one of over 50 women honored by their
employers at the 32nd annual Salute to Women Leaders Luncheon sponsored
by the Academy of Women Leaders of the YWCA-NYC at the New York Marriott
Marquis in Manhattan this past Wednesday (Nov. 16).
The award recognizes women who have demonstrated
leadership and served as positive examples in the workplace.
Nominations from NYPA facilities across the state were evaluated by
NYPA’s Executive Management Committee which selected McSpedon as its
2005 Woman Leader.
“People expect electricity when they flip the
switch, just like everyone expects their pay statement on time, yet to
deliver these seemly simple tasks, takes tremendous behind-the-scenes
expertise. Anne’s masterful leadership, dedication and superb
coordination of payroll intricacies has achieved a level of excellence
which makes this complex process run as smoothly as NYPA power runs in
lines across New York,” said Eugene W. Zeltmann, president and chief
executive officer, NYPA.
McSpedon navigated a challenging year for the
entire payroll group beginning in May 2004, when the group’s former
manager fell ill and took a leave of absence. McSpedon, who had been
second-in-command for a scant two years, was suddenly handed the reigns
of NYPA’s paycheck disbursement just as the group was grappling with the
task of switching payroll services after years with the former company.
With the attitude that payroll processing demands
100 percent accuracy, McSpedon on several occasions took the initiative
to postpone implementation of the new system at the 11th hour because
she was not convinced it could run error-free. After many months of
working late nights and weekends, the new system started successfully in
For her expert management of this changeover, on
top of her adept handling of a number of special projects, McSpedon was
promoted to Payroll Manager this past January. She has worked in the
payroll field for the last 18 years and started with NYPA in 1998 as a
“I've always had a knack for computer systems
and converting the payroll system took knowledge of both payroll and
systems functioning. It was a great challenge and the
experience enabled me to grow professionally,” said McSpedon about her
McSpedon and her husband, Bob, live in Yonkers,
where she is a lifelong resident. They have two daughters, Meghan and
Jill; one son and daughter-in-law, Matt and Jeanne, and two grandsons,
Ryan and Colin, aged five and two years, respectively.