Hon. Donald F. Cerio, Jr.

Hon. CerioHon. Donald F. Cerio, Jr. is proud to call Canastota his hometown. Judge Cerio, the son of Donald “Biff” Cerio and Madlyn Cerio, and his two sisters, Marian and Joann, are all graduates of the Canastota School District. Each has distinguished themselves in their respective professions.

Judge Cerio graduated from Canastota High School in 1975 and thereafter graduated with honors from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. Upon graduation, he became a member of the Madison County District Attorney’s Office and was first elected District Attorney of Madison County in 1989; subsequently being re-elected four times. Throughout his tenure as District Attorney, he earned a reputation as an honest, fair-minded, dedicated prosecutor who sought to maintain the integrity of the criminal justice system, to elevate the system’s response to the needs of victims of criminal conduct and to insure that justice was achieved. As District Attorney he introduced the first Victim’s Advocate to the office and worked diligently protecting the rights of children and victims of domestic violence. Judge Cerio conducted the first trial within the State of New York for the crime of Making a Terroristic Threat, a statue which was enacted after the attacks of September 11, 2001, which resulted in a life sentence being imposed upon conviction of the defendant.

In 2008 New York State Governor David A. Paterson nominated Judge Cerio to become aHon. Cerio Graduation Justice of the New York State Court of Claims. His nomination was confirmed by the State Senate on May 8, 2008, and reconfirmed on June 18, 2008, to a nine year term. Thereafter, Judge Cerio was appointed as an Acting Supreme Court Justice of New York State by the Appellate Division of the Third Judicial Department. Judge Cerio hears both civil and criminal matters throughout central New York.

Judge Cerio has greatly appreciated the opportunity to have engaged in community service such as coaching Pop Warner Football, Lacrosse and Little League Baseball; participating in various civic organizations and conducting a successful fund-raiser for the Golissano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, New York.

Judge Cerio, his wife Renee and their five children, have all had wonderful experiences in Canastota and are thankful for the many friends and relatives who continue to live here.

“I am truly honored and profoundly humbled by this selection. My formative years were shaped not only by my parents but the many teachers, coaches and staff of the Canastota Central Schools. For all of their direction and guidance I am eternally grateful.”