Loyal son of New York State and spirited advocate for the Finger Lakes, Michael F. Nozzolio has built an impressive career in public service with careful attention to his constituents and their needs. Today, Hobart and William Smith Colleges proudly honor the role he has played in advancing the interests of our region and his promotion of the Finger Lakes as an environmentally significant natural resource.
A native of nearby Seneca Falls, Nozzolio holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree from Cornell University and received his law degree from the Syracuse University College of Law. As the youngest state legislator ever elected from our region to serve in the State Assembly, Nozzolio’s steady ascent in power and influence proved valuable to our area. Since 1992 he has served in the New York State Senate where he has been an outspoken proponent of criminal justice reform and victims’ rights. He is chair of the Senate Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee and serves as a co-chair of the Senate Majority Task Force on Privacy Invasion. His expertise was recognized when Governor George Pataki tapped Senator Nozzolio to serve on the Executive Committee of the Senate Majority Task Force on World Trade Center Recovery.
Senator Nozzolio is passionate about environmental protection and is committed to the promotion of environmental outreach and the economic development of the Finger Lakes region. He was an infl uential player in the establishment of the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges three years ago, and has been a stalwart champion of its efforts since then.
Committed to the growth of local business and our upstate economy, Senator Nozzolio was instrumental in the creation of the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park in Geneva and has secured millions of dollars in state funding to develop this and many other important local initiatives.
In recognition of his tireless commitment to his constituents, Hobart and William Smith Colleges bestow its highest honor upon the Honorable Michael F. Nozzolio. With grateful admiration of his public service, we proudly call him one of our own and welcome him into our community.