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CEO Harris to retire from Legal Aid Society

By WILL ASTOR - 7/9/2013 4:18:44 PM

Longtime Legal Aid Society of Rochester New York Inc. chief Alan Harris plans to retire, officials said Tuesday.

“Alan has managed the Legal Aid Society with a steady hand and is poised to leave the agency on a sound financial footing and with a great reputation,” Chairman Jose Cruz said.

A 33-year veteran of the society, Harris has been the organization’s president and CEO since 1990. Slated to step down in November, he is to be succeeded by Carla Palumbo, Legal Aid Society chief operating officer.

Recently named the society’s COO, Palumbo has been with the Legal Aid Society for 29 years. She also has been a Rochester city councilwoman for five years and is a former Monroe County legislator.

A non-profit that traces its history to 19th century Rochester, the Legal Aid Society advises and represents area low-income residents in civil matters, including immigration, housing and family-law cases. It also represents minors involved in the juvenile justice system.

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