80 family, LLC

one commerce plaza
99 washington ave., ste. 805-a
albany, new york 12210

NYS Entity Status
ACTIVE

NYS Filing Date
AUGUST 22, 2014

NYS DOS ID#
4625745

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ONONDAGA

Jurisdiction
NEW YORK

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INCORP SERVICES, INC.
ONE COMMERCE PLAZA
99 WASHINGTON AVE., STE. 805-A
ALBANY, NEW YORK, 12210

NYS Entity Type
DOMESTIC LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY

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2014 - 80 FAMILY, LLC









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