When should you report a petroleum spill to the NYS Spill Hotline?

Petroleum spills are a fairly common occurrence in New York State.  By the NYS Department of Conservation’s own estimate, it receives about 16,000 reports annually of spills through its Spill Hotline (800-457-7362).  While most of these reports are for releases of small quantities that are cleaned up quickly, some are substantial and require a significant […]

How Do I Protect My Idea or Business Entity?

If someone steals your personal property, you can file a report with the local authorities and rely on the criminal laws for protection. But how can you protect your idea from being stolen? Ideas, or intellectual property (IP), are considered intangible property in the eyes of the law and can be granted certain legal protections […]

Innovation Hotspots in New York: Helping Entrepreneurs Grow Their Businesses

The New York State Business Incubator and Innovation Hot Spot Support Program was first enacted as part of the 2013-2014 New York State budget to strengthen industry-academic collaboration through funding business incubation throughout the state. Empire State Development (ESD) intended the program to provide valuable support and guidance to early stage startups commercializing academic research […]

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Pet Trusts: Caring for Your Best Friends After You’re Gone

Most people know that part of the process for estate planning is thinking about all of your loved ones and how you would like to provide for them after your death. You want to be sure that your underage children have an appropriate guardian, that your favorite charity is given a share of your estate, or […]

How can START-UP NY help my business?

On June 24, 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into effect SUNY Tax-free Areas to Revitalize and Transform Upstate New York, or “START-UP NY.” The purpose of START-UP NY is to provide economic incentives to new businesses in the form of tax-free zones throughout the state. The tax-free zones are aimed at attracting out of state […]

How a Bill Becomes a Law

Schoolchildren of the seventies learned about how our government works by watching Schoolhouse Rock videos. Aimed at a young audience, these short clips provided an entertaining and memorable method to learn some basic civics lessons.  If you want an example, click here, and soon you, too will be singing “I’m just a bill on Capitol […]