Shaun Zinck Apr. 29, 2015, 3:44am


The New York Attorney General's Office has teamed up with two technology clinics in the state to bring technology start-ups and government entities together so that each realm can learn how the other operates, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Friday.

Schneiderman and New York City Corporation Counsel Zachary Carter unveiled the partnership with the Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic, which is run out of the Brooklyn Law School, and the Tech Startup Clinic, which is operated through the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University and Fordham University School of Law’s Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP).

The collaboration will help start-ups navigate legal complexities and regulations in New York City and the state, Schneiderman said. 

“New technology companies bring with them extraordinary economic and social benefits to many New York communities,  and we want to encourage that,” Schneiderman said. “By collaborating with these...premier programs and providing guidance on how to navigate rules and regulations that protect the public, we can help tech entrepreneurs put down roots in New York more easily.”

Schneiderman said the partnership will help both sides by giving start-ups access to government officials, and will also allow officials to understand how new technologies could pose challenges to regulations. 

“The City of New York is committed to partnering with the small-business community to make it easier for small businesses to interact with the city and to navigate regulatory requirements,” Carter said. “Working with the Attorney General’s Office and these...law clinics will allow the Office of the Corporation Counsel and the City’s Department of Small Business Services to identify and understand emerging issues and the needs of the technology start-up community to improve the climate for small businesses consistent with the city’s Small Business First initiative.”

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