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Sep 10, 2015

White House, NYC pledge $79M to test rape kits

NEW YORK — The White House and New York City’s district attorney pledged a combined $79 million on Thursday to help clear the tens of thousands of rape kits that have gone untested across the country. The White House announced that $41 million in federal funds plus $38 million from the Manhattan prosecutor will go […]

Aug 28, 2013

Syracuse crime lab gets $314K federal grant

SYRACUSE — Federal grants totaling more than $300,000 are expected to help reduce a backlog in cases at central New York crime lab that was the focus of a dispute between local police and prosecutors. Local media report that the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday awarded the Onondaga County crime lab $314,000 to help […]

Jul 24, 2012

Group offers grants to reduce rape kit backlog

GARDEN CITY — A New York-based organization seeking to reduce a nationwide backlog of lab work for rape kits is offering grants to municipalities willing to tackle the problem. Natasha’s Justice Project says it will soon begin accepting applications nationwide. Founder Natasha Alexenko believes hundreds of thousands of kits in the U.S. might need to […]

Feb 28, 2012

Bronx court system has serious case backlog

NEW YORK — The Bronx court system’s huge backlog means some accused felons wait as long as five years to have their cases heard. The Daily News reports that prosecutors and defense lawyers place much of the blame for the backlog on the 2004 merger of the Bronx Criminal Court with the borough’s Supreme Court. […]

Aug 24, 2011

Disability case backlog not improving

According to a report released by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) research center at Syracuse University, pending social security cases awaiting a hearing and resolution continued to climb in the second quarter of 2011.

Jun 23, 2011

Study finds growing backlog for SSA disability hearing

The latest study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) research center at Syracuse University found that despite the progress it made in recent years, the Social Security Administration is once again facing an increasing backlog of pending cases at its 60 nationwide hearing locations.

Jun 22, 2011

House to take up major overhaul of patent system

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House on Wednesday took up the most far-reaching overhaul of the patent system in 60 years, a bill that leaders in both parties said would make it easier for inventors to get their innovations to market and help put people back to work.

May 11, 2011

Firm IDs innovative Rochester patents

Rochester inventors come up with a lot of patents. They came up with 527 in the first quarter of 2011 alone, despite the fact that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has a backlog of over 700,000 patent applications. Even without the backlog ...

Apr 26, 2011

Patent office deals with backlog issues

Praise for David Kappos, the Obama-appointed director of the beleaguered U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, has come often and from many sources. “A great deal of the shift towards accelerating the issuance of patents has resulted from the appointment ...

Mar 11, 2011

District court working to improve case backlog

The annual federal court caseload statistics released by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOC) last week revealed the Western District of New York is high on the list of total filings (10th in the country), resolves its cases quickly (seventh), and hears some of the most weighted ...

Mar 7, 2011

Immigration courts face backlog

An ongoing study of the Executive Office of Immigration Review courts revealed an alarming backlog of cases stuck in the courts with extremely long completion times.

Nov 3, 2010

Rochester patent index released

Hoffman Warnick LLC has released the Rochester Patent Index for the Third Quarter. t includes data for Monroe and Ontario counties, with and without Xerox and Kodak, and shows evidence of the U.S. Patent Office’s continuing attempts ...

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