Cosmo A. Cilano

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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. 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.[1]

In June 1918, he joined the U.S. Navy as a hospital apprentice, and served until January 1919.[2]

Cilano was a member of the New York State Assembly (Monroe Co., 3rd D.) in 1925, 1926, 1927 and 1928.

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.[3]

He died unmarried on September 29, 1937, at the Ray Brook Sanitarium near Lake Placid, New York, of tuberculosis.[4]


  1. ^ The American Catholic Who's Who by Georgina Pell Curtis & Benedict Elder (Vol. 14, pg. 66)
  2. ^ New York Red Book (1929; pg. 35)
  3. ^ Cilano Heads Crime Commission in the New York Times on January 19, 1931 (subscription required)
  4. ^ Cosmo A. Cilano Expires; Served as State Senator in The Times Record, of Troy, on September 30, 1937
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Vincent B. Murphy
New York State Assembly
Monroe County, 3rd District

Succeeded by
Haskell H. Marks
New York State Senate
Preceded by
James L. Whitley
New York State Senate
45th District

Succeeded by
George B. Kelly