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Author Archives: Todd Etshman

Report: More fed-backed loans in minority communities

A collaborative report released today by the Empire Justice Center in conjunction with six other community organizations nationwide indicates minority borrowers and borrowers who purchase homes in communities of color receive far more government-backed loans insured by the Federal Housing ...

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Group against proposed Thruway toll hike

Unshackle Upstate, a bi-partisan, Rochester-based coalition of upstate businesses and trade organizations, is calling for a complete audit of New York State Thruway Authority finances. The coalition is headed by former Empire State Development Upstate Director for Business Outreach, Brian ...

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Rochester patent index figures soar in Q2

The number of Rochester area patent applications made, and patents issued, rose to the highest levels in two years, according to 2012 second quarter figures released yesterday by the intellectual property law firm of Hoffman Warnick LLC in Albany. Rochester-based ...

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New buildings on way for Syracuse College of Law

Syracuse University College of Law students beginning their studies in August will start at the old College of Law building on a hillside near the Carrier Dome, but finish in the state-of-the-art $92 million, 200,000 sq. ft. Dineen Hall. The ...

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Appraiser, real estate agent await decision

After an administrative hearing in Syracuse last month, Rochester-based real estate broker Gerard Curre and his brother, appraiser Lucien Curre, are awaiting a decision on improper appraisal allegations of several mobile home parks. A law judge from the Department of ...

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Foreclosure action delay puts case on hold

On Wednesday, a show cause hearing was scheduled to be heard in a foreclosure action by Wells Fargo and Freddie Mac against Rochester resident Leonard Spears before Monroe County Supreme Court Judge Elma A. Bellini. However, in the absence of ...

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County Dems ask for indigent burial reform

At a press conference near indigent burial sites in Oatka Cemetery in Scottsville on Tuesday, Monroe County Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation to restore funding to the county’s indigent burial program and enhance minimum funeral standards for indigent burial. “There is ...

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New rules proposed for notaries in N.Y.

The New York Department of State announced a new rule in Notary Public License Law last week designed to prevent non-English speaking notaries from misidentifying themselves as attorneys or immigration professionals who can provide legal advice. The rule requires that ...

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UB offers unique summer course in social change

Before returning to school this fall, the University at Buffalo is offering undergraduates and/or high school students a unique opportunity to examine the legal profession and its ability to implement social change in a course entitled “Lawyers as Agents of ...

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USPTO to open first ever satellite offices

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office received over 600 suggestions during the past six months regarding where the USPTO should place regional satellite offices designed to improve the patent application process and create new jobs in the communities selected. Despite ...

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Court strikes down gainful employment regulation

Earlier this week, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia struck down a major portion of the regulations imposed by the U.S. Department of Education to ensure that career training programs at for-profit colleges meet performance standards. The ...

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