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Rizzo tapped for county court

Gov. David A. Paterson on Wednesday nominated Vincent J. Rizzo to fill an interim vacancy on the Monroe County Court bench.

Under the state Constitution, the governor may nominate individuals to fill vacancies on the county court until those vacancies can be filled at the next general election. If Rizzo’s nomination is confirmed by the Senate, he will serve until Dec. 31.

Rizzo currently is an investigator for the Rochester City School District, where he has served since December 2009. Before working for the school district, he worked in the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office starting in 1990, where he served as Special Assistant, Chief of Local Courts Bureau He left the office in 2008. From 1985 to 1990, he was the Executive Attorney and Director of the Legal Aid Society in Syracuse, and from 1980 to 1985 he served as the Assistant Public Defender in Monroe County as part of the Violent/Major Felony Section.

He earned his J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1979.

The annual salary is $125,600.