We caught up with John Ninfo on a Sunday morning at Wild Wings Sanctuary in Mendon, leading a group of children on a tour. Two years ago, Ninfo retired and recharged his life. "I am busier than ever, doing things that I'm very passionate about, happy about, love to be doing," he says. "I really look at the things that I do as kind of an extension of being a public servant and trying to continue to serve the public in a different way than I did when I was on the bench."
For nearly four decades Ninfo worked in bankruptcy court, including 7 years as Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for Western New York. He was known as a crusader, a man on a mission to teach young people about the dangers of debt. It's a mission he continues today. Ninfo started a financial literacy program that's now taught nationwide. He may have hung up his robe, but he's not slowing down. Ninfo taught 60 financial literacy classes last year.
"To be honest with you, I love these things so much," he says. "I keep begging for more tours. I keep begging for more days at Ganondagan. I'm out beating the bushes for financial literacy so these are the things I love doing. I like to think I'm making a difference."
When he's not in the classroom or at Wild Wings, Ninfo volunteers at Ganondagan and as house manager for RAPA and the Rochester Lyric Opera. He stays busy but keeps life simple - and he's having a ball.
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