DECISION 2012: Al Stirpe

— A lifelong Central New Yorker, Al Stirpe was born and raised in Clyde, where his family owned and operated Albert's Restaurant for more than 25 years. Stirpe graduated from high school and attended The University of Notre Dame, where he earned a bachelor's degree in economics. After college, Stirpe worked as a financial analyst for General Electric in Syracuse and eventually spun-off GE's Electronic Camera Operation to form CID Technologies. He was the company's CFO and fostered innovation in the company's information systems and customer support. In 1994, CIDTEC was sold to Thermo Electron, a Fortune 500 company. From there, Stirpe formed Qube Software Inc.

From 2006 to 2010, Stirpe served as the assemblyman for the 121st Assembly District. While in the assembly, he was a strong advocate for economic development in Central New York, early intervention programs for children with developmental issues, universal pre-k, higher education and environmental issues, in particular, farmland preservation. He also headed up the annual LifeSavers Blood Drive in conjunction with the Red Cross. It has come to be one of the biggest one day drives in Central New York, regularly netting over 125 units of blood during the middle of summer, the most difficult time of the year for blood donations. Stirpe continued that venture even after leaving the assembly.

During 2011 Stirpe served as the Executive Director of Synapse Sustainability Trust, an environmental not-for-profit. During this period Synapse deployed 68 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations throughout Central New York. Through its Restoration Tree Trust, Synapse provided over 4,000 native trees for reforestation projects at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Trees for Tributaries (from NYC to Troy along tributaries to the Hudson River). In addition, Synapse provided 420 special RPM technology trees for SUNY ESF's Memorial Grove at Heiberg Forest. In October of 2011, Stirpe received the first ever SUNY Empire State College Excellence in Environmental Sustainability Award.

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