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Peter Pullano Raises Money for AIDS Services & Programs

YNN - Your News Now Albany, NY

Some local attorneys, doctors, social workers and employees from Trillium Health are on a 420-mile bike ride.

It’s the annual five-day cycling event to raise money for AIDS services and programs. This journey will take about 40 people through 420 miles around the Finger Lakes.

Peter Pullano is riding in honor of his brother Patrick who died from the disease in 1991. So far, Pullano has logged more than 4,500 miles the last several years and raised some $50,000 for AIDS charities.

“It has been my living memorial to my brother since he died,” said Pullano. “I got involved way back when. There wasn’t a stone or a marker; that is not what he wanted but it was to carry on the fight. I think that every time we are out there we are there is another generation who is going to live AIDS free because of the awareness that we create with rides like this.”

The cyclists in this week’s ride raised $80,000 for Trillium Health that provides AIDS and HIV programs and services.

“We did such a great job helping people with AIDS and HIV that we are now expanding our services at Trillium Health,” said Mary-Jo Weegar, from Trillium Health. “This money will continue to help people with HIV and AIDS but we are expanding our services and so we are excited everyone is still so connected with us on this mission.”

The five-day ride will end with a celebration in Genesee Valley Park at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Peter is the Managing Partner at Tully Rinckey PLLC’s Rochester Office, where he practices criminal defense.

With over thirty years of criminal defense experience, Peter has handled thousands of criminal cases, including violations, misdemeanors, felonies and appeals. He has primarily represented defendants in felony cases in both state and federal courts. Peter is certified as “learned counsel” in federal court capital cases. Prior to New York State’s abolishment of capital punishment, he was likewise certified to handle death penalty cases in state courts.

On multiple occasions, Peter has won acquittals or verdicts to lesser charges for clients charged with murder. Additionally, he has represented criminal defendants at the appellate level, including the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the third and fourth departments of the Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division. His devotion to criminal defense and helping people in need has been recognized numerous times in the legal community.

Peter was honored with the Criminal Justice Alliance (CJA) Award by the United States District Court, Western District of New York in 2016, and was recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” by the NY Daily Record in 2015. He has received the Super Lawyer distinction in 2016, 2015 and 2014. Peter has also received the Monroe County Bar Association’s Charles Crimi Award and the St. Nicholas Society’s “Man of the Year” Award. Additionally, Peter was the recipient of the Rochester Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” Award.

Peter received his juris doctorate from Albany Law School of Union University and his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. Peter currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar. He has previously served on the board of directors of AIDS Rochester, Inc., President of the Saint Nicholas Society (Italian-American Welfare Society in East Rochester) and the Saint Mary's Church Parish Council.

When not practicing law, Peter enjoys participating in fundraising events such as the 440-mile AIDS Red Ribbon Ride, the 550-mile Empire State AIDS Ride and the Tour de Cure to fight Diabetes.



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