Educated in local schools, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Labor Relations, and a Master's degree in Public Administration and Agricultural Economics from Cornell University. Senator Nozzolio also earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Syracuse University College of Law.
Senator Nozzolio currently serves as the Chairman of the Senate Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Committee. He is also a member of both the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Rules Committee, which have jurisdiction over the State budget and all legislation before the State Senate. He is also the senior Senator representing the Monroe County delegation in the New York State Senate. Prior to his election to the New York State Senate, Senator Nozzolio served for 10 years in the New York State Assembly representing Cayuga, Seneca and Wayne Counties. During his tenure in the Assembly, he was chosen to serve as Deputy Minority Leader. At the time, he was the youngest State legislator ever elected from his region.
Senator Nozzolio also served as a JAG officer in the U.S. Naval Reserves and is currently a Commander in the New York Naval Militia.
In 2008, Senator Nozzolio was honored by the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services with the group’s “Public Policy Leadership Award” for sponsoring legislation to mandate alternative prison housing and treatment for prisoners with psychiatric disabilities, making prisons safer for inmates and correctional officers. He was also named Legislator of the Year by the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis in recognition of his service and support of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.
In recognition of his efforts in many different fields, Senator Nozzolio has received numerous awards throughout his tenure, including honors from the New York State Farm Bureau, New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS), New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, Boy Scouts of America, Remove Intoxicated Drivers (RID), Seneca County Chamber of Commerce, Finger Lakes Library Association Public Service Award, Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID), Finger Lakes Chapter of the Hearing Impaired, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, Sexual Assault Victims' Advocate Resource (SAVAR), and the New York State Correction Officers.
Senator Nozzolio has also been awarded the Father Joseph P. Beatini Memorial Award and was the recipient of the prestigious Jerome Alpern Distinguished Alumni Award from the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations, one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a Cornell University alumnus.
Senator Nozzolio currently serves as a member of the Cornell University Council and on the Board of the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park. Senator Nozzolio also serves on the Board of Directors of the Martin P. Catherwood Library of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He is also a member of the First Niagara Bank Advisory Board.
Standing Committee Assignments 2011: Crime Victims, Crime and Correction (Chairman); Finance; Rules; Codes; Judiciary; Elections; Investigations and Government Operations; Racing, Gaming and Wagering; and Transportation.