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Cheryl Dinolfo
County Executive


Monroe County Executive

110 County Office Building
39 W. Main St.
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: 585 753-1000
Fax: 585 753-1014

Welcome to Monroe County, New York!

We’re a community of innovators on the cutting edge of scientific research and discovery; a community of artists featuring world-renowned performers, a top-flight orchestra and one of the nation’s premier schools of music; a community of entrepreneurs home to some of the world’s best known brands and fastest growing startups. But most importantly, we’re a community with limitless potential and endless possibilities.

We like to say we’re the best mid-sized community in America!

A Community of Innovators

Picture of downtown Rochester.Ever since George Eastman invented commercial photography, Monroe County has been a world leader in imaging technology. Today, we’re not only on the cutting edge of imaging, but biotechnology, telecommunications, optics, photonics, and much more. In fact, we rank among the top three communities in the nation in the number of patents granted per capita. Monroe County and the City of Rochester are home to the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology, two of the finest research institutions in the nation. The discoveries made on the campuses and research centers in our community have led to the development of new medical treatments and more powerful computer chips, and have helped the scientific world move forward by enhancing understanding in the fields of physics, biology, and chemistry.

Our goal as a community is to turn these discoveries into new industries—creating jobs and enhancing our quality of life. See Related Links for information on how you or your business can help us to meet this goal.

A Community of Artists

Picture of the Eastman Theatre.The clatter of an orchestra tuning up, the grace and beauty of world-class dance, the laughter of an audience—these are the sights and sounds of Monroe County. We’re home to the world-renowned Garth Fagan Dance Company, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rochester Broadway Theater League, the Downstairs Cabaret, the Memorial Art Gallery, the Rochester City Ballet—well, you get the picture. We love the arts here and there’s always something to experience from the biggest shows to the latest up and coming artists.Our community is home to the Eastman School of Music, one of the top music schools in the country and many of its students perform in the historic and world-renowned Eastman Theatre.

Here in Monroe County, we are confident that our quality of life is second to none.

A Community of Entrepreneurs

Picture of polar bear at the Seneca Park Zoo.

Kodak, Xerox, Bausch & Lomb—some the world’s most recognizable names in business make their home in Monroe County. However, we’re also home to smaller and fast growing firms like PaeTec Communications and Harris Interactive. Most importantly, we have a diverse economy that’s fully integrated into the global marketplace–which is why companies from our area export more products to foreign markets than 40 entire states! As County Executive, I have been proud to lead a county government that is committed to keeping taxes stable and working with businesses to locate or expand here and create jobs. In Monroe County, we’ve put jobs first; working to keep property taxes stable for 10 straight years and developing a package of economic incentive programs that is one of the most competitive in the nation.

By the way, did I mention that we have five of the top 100 school districts in America and the typical commute is less than 21 minutes?

What are you waiting for? If you looking to expand or relocate your business, look no further than Monroe County.

Limitless Potential, Endless Possibilities

Monroe County is a great place to live, work and raise a family. But the best part about living in Monroe County is that our best is yet to come. We’re dedicated to improving our community and looking for new faces, new friends, and new ideas to keep our community moving forward.

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About County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo brings a wealth of experience as an attorney, small business owner and community volunteer to her office. Before being elected County Executive in November 2015, Cheryl was appointed County Clerk on April 6, 2004, and went on to win her own four-year term in November 2004 and was re-elected by the people of Monroe County in 2008 and 2012.

As County Clerk, Cheryl has made customer service a top priority. Drastically reducing DMV wait times, making public records more accessible than ever before, expanding the Clerk’s role in the Integrated Domestic Violence Court to improve the protection of victims, protecting our residents from scams and identity theft, and bringing convenient services directly to the people in their local communities through DMV and Passport outreach efforts are just a small sampling of her accomplishments.

Cheryl also works with the Young Entrepreneurs Academy to help young people become our future job creators.  She created a Veterans Discount Card program to honor local Veterans which has issued over 4,100 cards and has made many Clerk’s Office applications and documents available on her website as a convenience to customers.

Best of all, Cheryl has achieved this while returning more than $30 million to County taxpayers, a record, through efficient budgeting and management of her office. In addition, Cheryl launched “Renew Monroe!” encouraging residents to do business locally, keeping revenue from registration renewals and passports in Monroe County which helps keep our money working here at home and keep taxes in check. 

In 2010, County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo was named “Clerk of the Year” by the New York State Association of County Clerks (NYSACC) for her staunch advocacy on behalf of the organization.  In addition, Cheryl twice received the Annual Achievement Award from her peers.  In 2014, Cheryl was elected by her colleagues to serve as President of this distinguished group, after serving as Vice President for three years.  Cheryl is the first Monroe County Clerk to be the President of the organization.  She has served as the Co-Chair of the NYSACC Courts Committee and Vice Chair of the eRecording Committee and was influential in the implementation of electronic filing of land records in New York State.

Known for her hard work and determination, Cheryl is dedicated to “rolling up her sleeves and getting the job done,” qualities she brings to the Office of County Executive.

Service to our community is important to Cheryl Dinolfo.  She has also served in numerous community organizations including the Women’s Leadership Council for United Way, Advisory Committee to the NYS Office for the Aging, Monroe Council for Elders, CURE Childhood Cancer Association, the Monroe County Bar Association, NYS Odyssey of the Mind, the Irondequoit Council of the Rochester Business Alliance, and the Italian American Women’s Civic Club. Cheryl has also served as a member of the National Kidney Foundation's Board of Directors.

In her personal life, Cheryl has been married for 30 years to her husband Vince.  They have three children: Patrick, Russell, and Jennifer and two grandchildren, Finley and Edith Dinolfo, from Patrick and his wife Callie.  The Dinolfo family are parishioners at St. Margaret Mary’s Church.

Cheryl is a graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School (1979), LeMoyne College (1983) and the University of Buffalo Law School (1986).

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