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54Freedom moves into 5 Ledyard Ave., restores structure

54Freedom CEO Jim Griffin, right, stands alongside Cazenovia resident caretaker Eddie Phethean in front of 54Freedom’s national headquarters, located at 5 Ledyard Ave. in Cazenovia.

54Freedom CEO Jim Griffin, right, stands alongside Cazenovia resident caretaker Eddie Phethean in front of 54Freedom’s national headquarters, located at 5 Ledyard Ave. in Cazenovia. Photo by Pierce Smith.

— Stockbrokers Bernard McGee, Rebecca Quarantillo and Andrew Baker conduct their daily business from the property’s 550-square-foot carriage house, which has been updated but once housed the estate’s transportation. The adjacent barn, which once housed horses, is currently used as a private residence.

The main house on the 2.4-acre property was designed by Henry Ten Eyck Wendell and built in 1892. After changing hands multiple times over the past century, the parcel was purchased by 54Freedom last year. The company owns a patent for their gift annuity giving-process and licensed to sell insurance products in all 50 states. The number “54” in the moniker represents the 54 million disabled people in the United States.

“54Freedom is the first full financial services firm, dedicated to serving charities in the disability community,” Griffin said. “We’re still growing, but we already offer all the same services as the better-known brokerage firms.”

To learn more about the company, its services and accomplishments, visit 54freedom.com, call (877) 334-6964 or email info@54freedom.com.

Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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