Vincent V. Albanese

Vincent V. AlbaneseVinnie is a life long resident of Canastota. He graduated from Canastota Schools in the Class of 1944. He received his Bachelors Degree from St. Lawrence University and his Master of Arts in Education from Syracuse University. He began his teaching career in 1950 as a classroom teacher at the Jr. Sr. High School.

In 1962, Vinnie became a Guidance Counselor at the Jr. High and was appointed Director of Guidance in 1966. He began his extensive administrative career in 1972 as High School Principal and moved to Assistant Superintendent of Instruction in 1981. He was then appointed to Superintendent of Schools in 1982 until his retirement in 1989. Vinnie is also the owner and operator of Albanese Shoe Center since 1954.

Vinnie has been highly active within the school and community for many years. He is a member of numerous community organizations including the Canastota Alumni Association, Civic Club, Chamber of Commerce, Canal Town, Lions Club and Friends of the Library. He was a member of the Ithaca College Freshman Honorary Society, St. Lawrence University Government Honorary Society, and the Syracuse University Education Graduate Honorary Society.

He is currently a member of the Retired Teachers’ Association. He was a member of PTA, theAlbanese Graduation Picture Teachers’ Association of New York and Mohawk Valley Association of School Superintendents, and the Syracuse University Superintendents’ Alumni Association. He was also one of the founders and a member of the local Canastota Dollars for Scholars Committee. Vinnie’s involvement in the community has earned him numerous awards and recognitions. He was the recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award and has been awarded life membership in the PTA. He received special recognition in the 1979, 1989, and 2009 yearbooks. The Canastota Post 600 Veterans of Foreign Wars honored him with their Special Recognition Services Award. The students and staff of Canastota Schools gave him a very special plaque for over 40 years of dedicated service and for his guidance and direction. He served as Canastota’s representative on the Madison-Oneida BOCES Board of Education for ten years. The Canastota Chamber of Commerce awarded Vinnie the Community Business and Service Award. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Mohawk Regional Association of School District Administrators. The Canastota Teachers’ Association created the “Vincent V. Albanese Humanitarian Award” in his honor and the award is given out annually to a graduating senior. The Canastota Alumni Committee honored him by re-naming their major award as the Vincent V. Albanese Alumni Achievement Award. The freshmen class and their advisor named the Canastota 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament in Vinnie’s honor. He was honored with letters and citations from U.S. Senator Alfonse M. D’Amato, Governor Mario Cuomo, State Senator Nancy Lorraine Hoffman, and Assemblyman John W. McCann congratulating him on his many years of dedication to excellence in education and his outstanding service to his community. When the students in grades 9-12 attended a leadership workshop and were asked who they respected the most, he was honored to know that they selected him as the Male they Most Respected in the Community. In 2010 the Coaches of the Canastota High School Boys’ Basketball Team honored him with their first ever “6th Man Award” Plaque. Vinnie received his highest honor in June 2010 when the Canastota Board of Education named the Roberts Street Complex the Vincent V. Albanese Educational Center.

Vinnie married his wife, Dolores Farnach in 1954. Together they have four beautiful children: Marianne (Richard) Filosi, Tom (Mary Thorpe) Albanese, Joanne (David) Baldwin, and Vinnie Albanese. They have two grandchildren, Katie and Jeffery Albanese. He is the son of Vincent “Jim” Albanese and Jennie Waldo Albanese. He has four siblings: brother Rudy (Catherine Wolf) Albanese, sister Mary Jane (Jack) Brannen and deceased sisters Rose (Jack) Rasp and Virginia Albanese.