Senator Jim Alesi (R-Perinton) announced today that Monroe County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo has been selected as a 2008 "Woman of Distinction." County Clerk Dinolfo was honored at a ceremony on June 3rd at the State Capitol in Albany.
"I have known Cheryl for some time now and she truly is a remarkable woman who exemplifies the definition of "Woman of Distinction," said Senator Alesi. "Cheryl has served as a role model for others not only as a public servant, but more importantly as a valued member of our community. She has given selflessly of her time and energy as Monroe County Clerk and to the many civic and non profit organizations she is a part of. I am proud of her achievements and it is an honor to nominate her for this award."
"I am humbled to receive this honor," said Dinolfo. "Our state has a great history of common people, both women and men, joining together to make a difference. It is that legacy that motivates me everyday."
Cheryl Dinolfo was appointed Monroe County Clerk in April 2004 and went on to win her own four-year term in November 2004. As County Clerk she has made customer service her top priority, making public records more accessible and enhancing protections for victims of domestic violence. In addition to serving Monroe County, Cheryl continues to be involved in numerous community organizations including the Advisory Committee to the NYS Office for the Aging, CURE Childhood Cancer Association, New York State Odyssey of the Mind, the Irondequoit Council of the Rochester Business Alliance, and the Italian Women's Civic Club.
County Clerk Dinolfo has also been recognized for leading the fight against the New York State DMV's proposal to issue Driver's Licenses to illegal immigrants. She also received a Clerk of Year nomination from her peers in New York State Association of County Clerks in 2007, in part, for her efforts to make electronic filing of court records successful throughout our state.
As an honoree, County Clerk Dinolfo's name will be included in the roll of other women who have made an impact in the community that they lived in and improved the quality of life for all New Yorker’s. Some notable names she will join include Lucille Ball, Susan B. Anthony, Emma Willard, Harriet Tubman and "Grandma Moses" Robertson