Cosmo Anthony Cilano (March 22, 1893 – September 29, 1937) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.
He was born on March 22, 1893, in Buffalo, New York, the son of Anthony Cilano and Louise (Privitera) Cilano. He had six siblings: Lena (born 1900), Frank, Josephine, Pauline, Peter, and Charles Anthony (born 2/6/1912). The family removed to Rochester in 1901. There he attended the public schools and graduated from East High School in 1912. He graduated from University of Buffalo Law School in 1915.
He was a member of the New York State Senate (45th D.) from 1929 to 1934, sitting in the 152nd, 153rd, 154th, 155th, 156th and 157th New York State Legislatures. In January 1931, he succeeded Caleb H. Baumes as chairman of the New York State Crime Commission.
He was very active in the NYS Legislature, involved in the creation of many new bills, working closely with Governor F.D. Roosevelt. During the depression, to help job creation, he proposed what later became the NYS Thruway.
- The American Catholic Who's Who by Georgina Pell Curtis & Benedict Elder (Vol. 14, pg. 66)
- New York Red Book (1929; pg. 35)
- Cilano Heads Crime Commission in The New York Times on January 19, 1931 (subscription required)
- Cosmo A. Cilano Expires; Served as State Senator in The Times Record, of Troy, on September 30, 1937
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