Alfred C. Cerullo, III, President/CEO
Over the course of his career, Cerullo has been an elected and an appointed official, as well as a board member of many non-profit organizations. Cerullo began his career in 1986 as Counsel to the Minority Leader of the New York City Council. Just four years later, he became one of the youngest ever New York City Councilmembers, winning his first of four consecutive elections to the New York City Council representing the South Shore and portions of the Mid-Island communities of Staten Island between 1990 and 1994, while also holding the position of Minority Leader. In 1993 Cerullo sat on Rudolph W. Giuliani’s Mayoral Transition Team and was later appointed as one of the youngest ever New York City Commissioners when the Mayor tapped him to be New York City Consumer Affairs Commissioner, serving in that role from February 1994 through June 1996. In December 1995 while still at Consumer Affairs, Giuliani chose him to also be the City’s Finance Commissioner, making Cerullo Commissioner of both agencies for six months. During the middle of his tenure at Finance, Cerullo took leave from the City administration to become Deputy Campaign Manager for Giuliani’s successful 1997 reelection before returning to the City where he remained until being selected to lead Grand Central Partnership in 1999.
In 2001, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appointed Cerullo to his Mayoral Transition Team and later selected him as a member of the Mayor’s Committee on Appointments. Until his appointment to City Planning in September 2004, Cerullo was a Member of the New York City Campaign Finance Board for more than four years, having the distinction of being the first Board Member to have participated in the landmark campaign finance program. From 2003 to 2005 he served as President of the New York City BID Managers’ Association – the advocacy organization of all of New York City’s business improvement districts.
Cerullo serves on the Boards of Directors of the Baruch College School of Public Affairs Advisory Board, the International Downtown Association and of various community-based and charitable organizations. He also served as Vice President of the Staten Island September 11th Fund which was created to assist the families of Staten Island victims of terrorist attacks on September 11th.
Cerullo was born on December 16, 1961 and is a graduate of the city’s public school system. He received bachelors degrees in English and American Studies from St. John’s University. A member of the bar in New York, New Jersey, California, and Washington D.C., he earned his juris doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law. He has received numerous awards over the years, including the St. John’s University Pietas Medal. He also received the President’s Medal from both St. John’s University and the College of Staten Island.
Fred Cerullo is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. He has appeared in daytime dramas, films, movies made-for-television and cable, and has had starring roles in numerous stage productions.