Biography

Monroe County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo continues to bring a wealth of experience as an attorney, small business owner and community volunteer to her office. Appointed County Clerk on April 6, 2004, Cheryl 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.

Since becoming 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 Clerk.

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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