DECISION 2012: Al Stirpe

— Stirpe has resided in the 127th Assembly District for more than 31 years. He lives in North Syracuse with his wife, Chele and their daughter, Alexandra. Al's step-son Chris – after serving four years on active duty in the Navy – has just completed his Masters in Economics from The University of Buffalo and begun work at KS&R. His step-daughter Jesseca lives in an ARC of Onondaga group home for the disabled in Syracuse.

In addition to helping to care for Jesseca, Al has served on the Board of Directors of Familycapped (now Advocates Inc.), a non-profit organization comprised of parents of children with disabilities; the organization was formed to expand programs for handicapped children in Central New York. Al and Chele were directly involved in helping to raise over $1,000,000 to build Casey's Place, a respite home for families caring for disabled children. He also serves on the Boards of Friends of North Syracuse Early Education, Onondaga Citizens League, NY State Fair Advisory Board and formerly served on the board at CNY Bounty (the Farmer's Market to Your Door).

What are the major issues facing the 127th district?

Jobs. It is all about making sure we have the jobs we need to keep our community and economy going strong. I’ve built my career on creating jobs in the private sector right here in Central New York and when I was in the assembly, I was able to use that experience to help businesses start up and grow. In addition, I believe we have to make sure as the economy improves and revenues increase, we direct more funding toward education, pre-K through 12, but especially early education for special ed. Investments in early education pay huge dividends in subsequent years. Early education for special ed saves tens of millions of dollars by correcting issues early and keeping kids out of special education tracts and finally, fixing a broken workers’ compensation system that works for neither employers nor workers.

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