Resolution J2045-2013

Honoring Lewis E. Springer upon the occasion of his designation for special recognition

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  • May 30, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 30, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 23, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring Lewis E. Springer upon the occasion of
his designation for special recognition

WHEREAS, It is the practice of this Legislative Body to take note of and
publicly acknowledge individuals of remarkable integrity  and  character
who  have  inspired  and brought pride to our majestic Empire State with
their strong contributions to the community and model citizenry; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative  Body  is justly proud to honor
Lewis E. Springer upon the  occasion  of  his  designation  for  special
recognition; and
  WHEREAS,  Lewis Edson Springer II was born on October 30, 1938; he was
raised in Auburn, New York, and graduated from East High in 1956; and
  WHEREAS, He continued his education and earned  his  degree  in  Elec-
trical  Engineering  from  Cornell  University in 1962; upon graduation,
Lewis E.  Springer began his career at General Electric in Syracuse, New
York; and
  WHEREAS, In 1964, Lewis E. Springer founded Creative Electric, Inc. in
his hometown of Auburn, New York; as  founder  and  president,  Creative
Electric started with two employees and grew to 33; and
  WHEREAS,  Under  the  leadership of Lewis E. Springer and his partner,
Jack Hayden, Creative Electric, Inc. designed, developed,  and  manufac-
tured  electronic  components  and  sub-systems  for  the  United States
defense department; it also made anti-radar tracking used in  the  AWACS
planes and the Patriot Missile System for the United States Army; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1989,  Lewis E. Springer bought the company's competitor
Andersen Laboratories of Bloomfield, Connecticut and took the company to
another level, adding  military  products  and  designing  and  building
commercial products; in 1998, he sold the Company; and
  WHEREAS,  Today, the Company continues to manufacture many of the same
devices designed and developed by Lewis E. Springer,  devices  sold  all
over the world; he was considered a genius in his field by his customers
as well as his competitors; and
  WHEREAS,  Creative  Electric has been one of the most successful small
businesses in Auburn, New York, a business that continues  on,  even  if
the name has changed; and
  WHEREAS,  Since 1964, Lewis E. Springer has hosted an annual Christmas
party for family, friends, local business people, community leaders  and
politicians;  what  began as a small office party in 1964 has grown to a
party of over 400 people; and
  WHEREAS, Lewis E. Springer's generosity and kindness has provided this
venue to kick off the Christmas season and  has  become  an  event  that
brings so many people together to share in the holiday spirit; and
  WHEREAS, A dedicated member of a community he loves, Lewis E. Springer
has  given  of  his time and energies through his involvement on various
Boards over the years; he was also a major supporter for the building of
the new baseball stadium in the 1990s; today, Falcon Park is home of the
Auburn Doubledays Baseball Team, which is currently affiliated with  the
Washington  Nationals, a member of the NY-Penn league; in addition, many
sports teams have worn the name of Creative Electric  on  their  shirts;
and
  WHEREAS,  Other  boards  that  have benefited from Lewis E. Springer's
time and energies are the Auburn YMCA, Auburn Memorial  Hospital  Board,
Cayuga  County  Savings Bank, United Way of Cayuga County, and the Merry
Go Round Board, to name a few; and
  WHEREAS, One of the first boards Lewis E.  Springer  served  on  after
starting  his  business was the Auburn School Board of Education; he has

been an advocate for excellence in  education  and  continues  today  by
serving on the Cayuga County Community College Foundation Board; and
  WHEREAS,  The  recipient  of  numerous  awards and accolades, Lewis E.
Springer was honored at a luncheon at the State  Capitol  where  he  was
recognized  by  Governor  George Pataki as the 1995 New York State Small
Business Person of the Year; two years later, he was recognized by Cayu-
ga County Chamber of Commerce as the Business Leader of the Year; and
  WHEREAS, With him have been his wife, Mary, his three children,  Eric,
Douglas, and Bradley, and six grandchildren, all of whom feel privileged
to be a part of his life and rejoice in his achievements; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense  of  this Legislative Body that those who
enhance the quality of life in their community and have shown a long and
sustained commitment to the  maintenance  of  high  standards  in  their
profession,  certainly  have  earned the recognition and applause of all
the citizens of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor Lewis E. Springer upon the occasion of his designation for special
recognition; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Lewis E. Springer.

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