Michael Nozzolio - Outstanding Alumni Award

Michael NozzolioAs the senior Senator representing the Finger Lakes region, Michael Nozzolio has been a strong and effective leader, focusing his energy on projects that drive the economy and create jobs.

Nozzolio is responsible for significant upgrades to the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, the establishment of the Ag Tech Park adjacent to the station, and the Finger Lakes Viticulture Center, which opened in 2015. He was also the driving force in the establishment of the Finger Lakes Institute on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

​Nozzolio is a staunch advocate for applied research in New York, and he credits that research with providing the state’s farmers a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. He is also a proponent of economic development partnerships between New York and Cornell University.

Throughout his tenure, Nozzolio has promoted high-tech research in an effort to position New York as an international leader. He has secured over $10 million in capital and equipment funds for the experiment station, including the funding necessary for the renovation of the greenhouses there.

His service to the region and state has been recognized with numerous awards for dedication and service to his district. He has also served as a member of the Cornell University Council and is a board member emeritus of the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park. In 2004, Nozzolio was awarded the prestigious Jerome Alpern Distinguished Alumni Award from the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Nozzolio and his wife, Rosemary, live in Seneca County.