Hon. Alfred C. Cerullo III ’83NDC, ’86L
Hon. Alfred “Fred” Cerullo III ’83NDC, ’86L is President/CEO of the Grand Central Partnership and a Commissioner on the New York City Planning Commission.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Cerullo has been an elected and an appointed official, as well as a board member of many nonprofit organizations. Mr. Cerullo began his career as Counsel to the Minority Leader of the New York City Council. He became one of the youngest New York City council members, 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, while also holding the position of City Council Minority Leader.
Mr. Cerullo also became one of the youngest New York City Commissioners when he was tapped to run the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs and later became the City Commissioner of Finance, after running both agencies simultaneously for six months.
Mr. Cerullo served on the mayoral transition teams of Rudolph W. Giuliani and Michael R. Bloomberg, as well as serving on the Mayor’s Committee on Appointments. Prior to his appointment to City Planning, Mr. 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 participate in the landmark campaign finance program.
Presently, Mr. Cerullo serves on the boards of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, The Staten Island Foundation, the Museum of Maritime Navigation and Communication, the American Museum of Natural History Planetarium Authority, the St. George Theatre Restoration Inc., and St. John’s University School of Law Alumni Association. He is also a board member of the New York City Business Improvement District (BID) Association and is an active member of numerous organizations citywide.
As a double graduate of St. John’s University, his alma mater remains a special and important part of his life. Mr. Cerullo actively participates in career days, on scholarship committees, and on numerous alumni projects. He has served on the alumni boards of both the Staten Island campus and the School of Law, where he also served as its President during the Law School’s 90th anniversary year.
Mr. Cerullo received bachelor’s degrees in English and American Studies from St. John’s University. A member of the bar in New York, New Jersey, California, and Washington DC, he earned his law degree from St. John’s University School of Law. He has received numerous awards over the years, including the St. John’s University Pietas Medal and the Alumni Outstanding Achievement Medal. He also received the President’s Medal from both St. John’s University and the City University of New York College of Staten Island. Most recently he was named one of New York City’s “50 Over 50” by City & State New York magazine, and was also included on the top 10 list of “Staten Island’s Most Powerful People” by the same publication.