Albert H. Bienstock
Al’s career includes 17 years in administrative and executive positions in corporate finance with multi-national corporations, and 37 years as an insurance broker dealing primarily with employee benefits programs. In 2017, he retired from Bienstock Financial Services. At various times, he also owned interests in several security-related businesses. Since 2002, Al has been a Hampden Township (Cumberland County) commissioner, currently Board president. His principal areas of responsibility include finance, police, and local emergency preparedness. As Hampden’s delegate, he chairs the Cumberland County Tax Collection Committee/Bureau, and co-chairs the Cumberland York Area Local Defense Group, along with serving on the Department of Defense Joint Land Use Study, and the County-wide Municipal Advisory Board. He was previously a Cumberland County delegate to the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission. Al is a long-time member of the Cumberland County Republican Committee, and a prior member of the Republican State Committee. He was a member of Governor-Elect Tom Ridge’s Transition Team. Then, Governor Ridge’s IMPACCT Commission Task Force on Banking and Insurance, and the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Mental Health and Mental Retardation. He held Board positions on Pennsylvanians for Right-to-Work, AHEDD (training and job placement for individuals with developmental disabilities), Tri-County and Pennsylvania Mental Health Associations, and Hampden Township Youth Soccer Association. He currently serves on the Board[s of the Lincoln Institute of Public Opinion Research, and] Bethany Development Corp. (Bethany Towers). He is treasurer of Citizens Against Higher Taxes and serves on a business advisory board for Central Penn College. He teaches entrepreneurship with the Junior Achievement program. For 13 years, Al wrote an online political commentary newsletter. He is an avid (amateur) magician. After enlisting and serving in the Army Security Agency as a cryptographer in the Far East, Al started his business career while attending Rutgers University at night towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. He and Elyse, married in 1968, have lived in Hampden Township since 1975, and raised their two daughters there.