Lawyers Who Lunch

Syracuse, New York is rich in culture, diversity and cuisine. With so many restaurants, cafes, diners and bars scattered all over the city serving almost every cuisine imaginable, deciding where to eat can be a daunting challenge.  To help you narrow down your choices, here are some of Wladis’ favorite lunch spots in and around […]

New York State Data Disposal Laws

Everyone who operates in New York State or handles New Yorkers’ information should be aware of their obligations to comply with the Disposal of Personal Records Law. This law is codified in New York General Business Law §399-h and requires that when disposing of data, whether on paper records or in electronic format, certain precautions […]

New York Recognizes November 15th as “New York Recycles Day”

You may not know this, but November 15th is America Recycles Day.  It’s not exactly a holiday, but it is a day where US EPA recognizes how important recycling has become, especially to our economy (681,000 jobs, $37.8 billion in annual wages, $5.5 billion in taxes based on 2012 EPA data) and in protecting the […]

President Biden Signs Historic Climate Change Bill

On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law.  The Act, which took the better part of a year and a half to negotiate, targets a number of issues, including climate change.  Its sweeping plans to tackle climate change—which include including almost $370 billion in spending on climate change and clean-energy […]

NYSDEC Unveils Paint Recycling Program in New York State

A new paint recycling program beginning May 1 in New York State invites households, schools, and businesses to recycle leftover paint, stain, and varnish conveniently and sustainably. The program is operated by PaintCare, a nonprofit organization created by the paint industry through the American Coatings Association (ACA) to manage leftover paint in states that have […]

New York State Maximum Interest Rate Laws

Nearly every business and individual engages in lending or borrowing at some point. Thus, it is relevant information that there exist rules setting maximum rates of interest lenders can lawfully charge borrowers. These limits, know by the esoteric-sounding moniker of “usury laws,” can seem somewhat abstruse to the uninitiated. This article will provide an overview […]

Happy Earth Day!

As a child of the 1970s with semi-Hippie-ish parents, I grew up with the environmental movement. Raised on granola with goat milk and alfalfa sprouts grown on a windowsill in a repurposed glass jar lined with damp paper towels, my family took seriously our role as stewards of the land. We gardened, collected rainwater in […]

New York State Birding

Birding is a fun activity that everyone can enjoy! From Montauk to Buffalo, New York is home to a vast array of amazing habitat that supports over 450 different bird species. Birding, or birdwatching, is one of the fastest growing outdoor recreational activities that can be enjoyed by all ages and experiences, plus it’s a […]

The New ASTM E1527-21 Standard Practice for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA)

On November 1, 2021, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) approved a new standard for conducting Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), known as “E1527-21 – Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process.” The new standard makes significant modifications to the previous ASTM Phase I Standard Practice (E1527-13) […]