GRDC News - September 2005

GRDC Welcomes Three New Members

The GRDC is pleased to welcome three new members, Harris Beach, PLLC, the National Grid based in Syracuse, NY and Planned Parenthood of Rochester and Syracuse.

Since its founding in 1856, Harris Beach has grown to be among the top 250 largest law firms in the country. With offices in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca, Geneseo, New York City, Niagara County, Plattsburgh, Rochester, and Syracuse, New York, it can provide a wide range of legal services for a broad-based clientele.

In recent years, the firm has pursued a calculated expansion strategy in response to the growing needs of clients. Yet, its attorneys are committed to maintaining loyal partnerships with their clients and delivering responsive legal services. It is a tradition that began back in 1856, when Edward Harris joined Henry Ives to hang out the law firm's first shingle: Ives & Harris.Through innovative, quality programs, the YMCA of Greater Rochester helps strengthen families, aids in the healthy development of children, encourages positive individual behavior and contributes toward a healthier, safe community for all. Our programs build character by emphasizing the values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, fun and friendship. As a charitable organization, the YMCA of Greater Rochester creates a sense of community by welcoming and involving individuals of all ages, genders, races, faiths, abilities, and income levels.

From those earliest years, the firm has been on the cutting edge of the law. At the turn of the century, it helped guide the expansion of the railway system throughout New York state. It was there to help one client secure the patent for a novel photo-imaging system that many thought would never catch on. The company he founded is now the international leader in photocopying systems. Before the rest of the country focused on health care reform, we were helping our clients design an innovative system that resulted in community costs for health care that were dramatically below the national average. Harris Beach is at the forefront of law firms involved in electronic commerce and the legal issues arising from the use of the Internet for domestic and international business transactions.

While its attorneys have always been in the vanguard of the legal profession, many have achieved special professional and political prominence. Perhaps the most famous are Kenneth B. Keating and Sol Linowitz.

Mr. Keating, a former U.S. senator who later served as Ambassador to India and then Israel, spent the early years of his legal career at Harris Beach. Mr. Linowitz, who went on to become Chairman of the Board for the Xerox Corporation and a famous negotiator for Middle East peace and the Panama Canal Treaty, also spent a good part of his legal career with our firm. President Clinton awarded Mr. Linowitz the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in January 1998.

The firm’s attorneys have always been active in their communities, serving as members of the board of directors for numerous corporations and charitable organizations, including hospitals, museums, and shelters. It believes, as our founding partners did, that a commitment to our community is a reflection of our commitment to serving our clients.

The firm’s attorneys have always been active in their communities, serving as members of the board of directors for numerous corporations and charitable organizations, including hospitals, museums, and shelters. It believes, as our founding partners did, that a commitment to our community is a reflection of our commitment to serving our clients.

Representing Harris Beach PLLC on the Council are:

Mario Domanti, Director of Human Resources. He can be reached at 99 Garnsey Rd., Pittsford, NY 14534, 585-419-8800,

Laura Purcell, Associate, 99 Garnsey Rd., Pittsford, NY 14534, 585-419-8730,

National Grid is a wholly owned subsidiary of National Grid Transco*, an international, London-based company. Its core business is the delivery of electricity and natural gas.

National Grid has five local distribution companies that serve approximately 3.2 million customers across 29,400 square miles in New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. Our electricity distribution network includes 72,000 miles of lines.

It includes:
Niagara Mohawk, headquartered in Syracuse, serves more than 1.5 million electric customers in 669 communities in upstate New York. Niagara Mohawk delivers natural gas to 550,000 gas customers in 197 communities in central and eastern New York.

Massachusetts Electric serves approximately 1.2 million customers in 168 Massachusetts communities and is headquartered in Northborough.

Narragansett Electric, headquartered in Providence, serves approximately 465,000 customers in 38 Rhode Island communities.

Granite State Electric serves more than 38,000 customers in 21 New Hampshire communities and is headquartered in Salem.

Nantucket Electric serves more than 10,000 year-round customers on the island community of Nantucket, 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass.

In addition, its subsidiary, Gridcom, provides telecommunications infrastructure and services.

In the energy delivery industry, the transmission system functions in much the same way as the interstate highway system, serving as its major transport arteries. In the Northeast, National Grid transmits electricity across a system that spans upstate New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont to customers that include local electric companies, municipalities and large commercial enterprises. As the public policy debate about restructuring of the nation’s electricity industry continues, the company has taken a leadership position, advocating that a well-managed transmission system is the key to enabling robust competitive electricity markets that offer customers choice, savings, and other benefits.

Representing National Grid on the GRDC is Jamar Milsap, Director of Inclusion and Diversity, 300 Erie Boulevard West, Syracuse, New York, phone 315-428-6544 email, Read Profile

Planned Parenthood protects and supports every person's right to make voluntary, informed decisions about sexuality and reproduction in order to lead a healthy and fulfilling life. To do this, Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region provides health care, education, counseling, and leadership in preserving the right to reproductive freedom. Special emphasis is given to women who have limited access to services.

Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region is recognized as a leader in building strong families and ensuring that all people have the right to make choices based on their own moral standards. It is the most trusted and reliable source for service and information regarding sexuality and reproductive health.

The organization provides a wide range of women's reproductive health care. For more information on services visit

Representing Planned Parenthood of Rochester/Syracuse on the GRDC are Nancy Urrutia, Corporate Director and Corey Bass, Regional Salary and Benefits Coordinator, 114 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14605, Phone 585-546-2771 Extension 379, email


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