Tim is a magnum cum laude graduate of Niagara University, where he was the captain of the swim team and President of the Honor Society. Tim then received a scholarship to attend the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Master's Degree in English, graduating with honors.
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Tim began teaching English at the high school and middle school level. Shortly after beginning his teaching career, Tim was summoned by the United States Army to serve in Vietnam as a first lieutenant in the Big Red One (First Infantry Division). Tim received a Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal (twice) and the Expert Shooting Medal before being honorably discharged in 1968.
After completing his military service, Tim attended the University at Buffalo Law School where he was President of the Student Bar Association.
Tim was admitted to practice law in the State of New York in 1971. After working at the Erie County District Attorney's Office, Tim went on to clerk for State Supreme Court Justice Jack Callahan.
Tim was appointed acting Judge in the Village of Lancaster in 1971. He was elected Judge in the Town of Lancaster in 1975, a position he held for 35 years.