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Lytton T.D.,Albany Law School | McAllister L.K.,University of California at Davis
Wisconsin Law Review | Year: 2014

Private auditing is a significant component of food safety regulation. Typically, manufacturers, retail sellers, and food-service operators require their suppliers to obtain food safety certification from a private third-party auditor paid by the supplier. Auditors' financial interest in acquiring accounts from suppliers who want the cheapest certification that they can obtain gives auditors incentive to reduce the rigor of audits. This constitutes a conflict of interest between the auditor's private financial interest and its professional obligation to protect the public from food safety risks. Audit industry insiders and outside observers are well aware of this problem, and various institutional actors - both public and private - have developed oversight mechanisms to address it. We analyze the nature and sources of this conflict of interest in food safety auditing, efforts to prevent it, and responses when it occurs. Our focus is on institutional design - organizational structures, administrative routines, and professional norms. Part I of the Article describes how conflicts of interest lead some auditors to be less probing in their inspection of suppliers' operations and to skew their risk evaluations in favor of suppliers' desire for cheap certification. Part II of the Article surveys the different oversight mechanisms currently in place or under development that aim to counteract auditors' incentive to reduce the rigor of audits. Conflict of interest is a structural feature of any system of private standards compliance in which the auditor is paid by the entity being audited. Other prominent examples include securities rating and environmental audits. Our analysis of food safety auditing aims to offer general insights into the comparative strengths and weaknesses of different responses to this problem.

News Article | February 16, 2017

Leading neuroscience researchers and scholars from across New York will gather for the inaugural SUNY-CUNY Neuroscience Research Forum on Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 9:30 A.M. to 4:15 P.M. The forum will be held in the D'Ambra Auditorium at the Life Sciences Research Building on the Uptown Campus at the University at Albany. The State University of New York (SUNY) and the City University of New York (CUNY) are home to leading public research universities deeply committed to work that addresses state and global challenges. In service of this mission, the SUNY-CUNY Neuroscience Research Forum, a brainchild of Drs. James Dias, Vice President for Research at UAlbany and Mark Hauber, Interim Vice Provost for Research at CUNY Central, seeks to foster faculty collaborations and research synergies across the state of New York, and to spur multi-investigator, large-scale, and multi-institutional extramural funding pursuits in neuroscience. Prof. Yasmin Hurd, a nationally acclaimed researcher on addiction and related psychiatric disorders from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, will present the keynote address and discuss her pioneering new research on the transgenerational effects of cannabis on the developing brain. This keynote will be followed by break-out sessions moderated by SUNY and CUNY Vice Presidents, Vice Provosts, and Deans of Research and Science. Specifically, the SUNY-CUNY Neuroscience Research Forum will convene interdisciplinary, thematically-based group discussions, afford opportunities to share research interest along with current and planned endeavors, enable networking and collaborative interactions, and conclude with a plenary session to summarize Forum activities and to discuss future collaborative opportunities in neuroscience research among SUNY, CUNY and other neuroscience colleagues. Alexander N. Cartwright, SUNY Provost, and Executive Vice Chancellor said, "This is such an important endeavor and my sincere thanks go to the SUNY, CUNY and state-wide participants. Together we can make life-changing advances in neuroscience research and discovery that go well beyond what one institution can do alone. This type of collaboration underscores New York State's capacity for leadership in the field." Mark Hauber, Interim Vice Provost for Research at CUNY noted: "Neuroscience by definition is an interdisciplinary field that needs to bring together researchers from diverse fields for success. Focusing on neuroscience as part of ongoing initiatives for SUNY-CUNY collaborations brings our diverse faculty and student talents together to increase extramural funding and high-impact productivity of research at New York State's public university systems." UAlbany Vice President for Research James A. Dias said, "Neuroscience in the 21st century is clearly in the midst of a seismic transformation with an unprecedented focus on multi-investigator, interdisciplinary collaborative research strategies aimed at overcoming some of today's most complex and perplexing scientific challenges. This is why I could not be more pleased that the University at Albany is hosting the first ever SUNY-CUNY Neuroscience Research Forum bringing faculty scholars and scientists together to forge new research collaborations and spark novel extramural funding pursuits in search of the next scientific breakthrough to improve the health and well-being of society." Hosted on the UAlbany campus, one of the four distinguished SUNY University Centers, the SUNY-CUNY Neuroscience Research Forum will be held in the D'Ambra Auditorium of the 194,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Life Sciences Research Building - home to a number of UAlbany's top neuroscience researchers. The founding members of the SUNY-CUNY Neuroscience Research Forum include the State University of New York, the City University of New York Office of Research, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, SUNY Optometry, and the University at Albany. Both Research Foundations of SUNY and CUNY are participating in this effort. Faculty and industry partners from more than 15 SUNY, CUNY and independent universities and colleges will be participating in the event. SUNY is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school, and business in the state. In 2015-16, SUNY served nearly 1.3 million students, including nearly 600,000 in credit-bearing courses and programs and more than 700,000 through continuing education and community outreach programs. For more information, please visit http://www. . The City University of New York is the nation's largest and leading urban public university. Founded in New York City in 1847, the University comprises 24 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, and additional professional and graduate schools. The University serves nearly 275,000 degree-credit students and 218,083 adults, continuing and professional education students. For more information, please visit: http://www. A comprehensive public research university, the University at Albany offers more than 120 undergraduate majors and minors and 125 master's, doctoral, and graduate certificate programs. UAlbany is a leader among all New York State colleges and universities in such diverse fields as atmospheric and environmental sciences, business, criminal justice, emergency preparedness, engineering and applied sciences, informatics, public administration, social welfare, and sociology taught by an extensive roster of faculty experts. It also offers expanded academic and research opportunities for students through an affiliation with Albany Law School. With a curriculum enhanced by 600 study-abroad opportunities, UAlbany launches great careers. For more information on CUNY research, please contact Shante Booker ( or visit: http://www. For more information on SUNY Research, please contact Holly Liapis 518-320-1311 or visit: http://www.

News Article | December 20, 2016

NORWICH, N.Y., Dec. 20, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Board of Directors of NBT Bancorp Inc. (NBT) (NASDAQ:NBTB) appointed V. Daniel Robinson II, Matthew J. Salanger and Andrew S. Kowalczyk III to the Board at their meeting on Friday, December 16, 2016. All have served previously on the NBT Bank, N.A. Board of Directors. Robinson was appointed to the NBT Bank, N.A. Board of Directors in March 2008 and completed his first term of service in May 2016. He has served on the New York Central Mutual Fire Insurance Company (NYCM) Board of Directors since 1986 and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in 2002. Since 1999, he has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and board member of automobile insurer A. Central Insurance Company, a subsidiary of NYCM. He has served as a director and as Vice President of A.F. Stager Independent Adjustors, since 1991 and 1999, respectively. Robinson earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from St. Bonaventure University. Salanger was appointed to the NBT Bank, N.A. Board of Directors in January 2011 and completed his first term of service in May 2016. He has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Health Services, Inc. (UHS) since 2007. He also continues to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer for UHS Hospitals, including UHS Binghamton General Hospital and UHS Wilson Medical Center, a position he was appointed to in March 1994. Salanger earned his bachelor of arts degree at the University at Albany/SUNY and his master’s degree in hospital and health administration at Xavier College. Kowalczyk served on the NBT Bank Advisory Board from 2006 through 2010. He was appointed to the NBT Bank, N.A. Board of Directors in October 2010 and completed his first term of service in May 2016. He is an attorney and partner at Kowalczyk, Deery & Broadbent, LLP in Utica. His practice focuses on banking, business law and real estate. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1983. Kowalczyk is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and Albany Law School. He is a member of the Oneida County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Corporate Overview NBT Bancorp Inc. is a financial holding company headquartered in Norwich, N.Y., with total assets of $8.8 billion at September 30, 2016.  The company primarily operates through NBT Bank, N.A., a full-service community bank, and through two financial services companies.  NBT Bank, N.A. has 154 banking locations with offices in New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. EPIC Advisors, Inc., based in Rochester, N.Y., is a full-service 401(k) plan recordkeeping firm. NBT-Mang Insurance Agency, based in Norwich, N.Y., is a full-service insurance agency. More information about NBT and its divisions can be found on the Internet at:,, and Forward-Looking Statements This news release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and are based on the beliefs and assumptions of the management of NBT Bancorp Inc. and its subsidiaries and on the information available to management at the time that these statements were made. There are a number of factors, many of which are beyond NBT’s control that could cause actual conditions, events or results to differ significantly from those described in the forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Except as required by law, NBT does not update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent circumstances or events.

Emery R.A.,Albany Law School
Law Library Journal | Year: 2010

The Official Bulletin published by the Committee on Public Information during World War I combined the features of an official gazette, authoritatively printing presidential and federal agency documents, and a propaganda sheet boosting the war effort. The Bulletin provided a precedent for the official reporting of federal administrative actions, later achieved by the Federal Register, and an example of the propagandistic manipulation of such reporting, which the Federal Register was specifically designed to avoid. © Robert A. Emery, 2010.

Ouellette A.,Albany Law School | Ouellette A.,Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics | Year: 2015

This essay re-examines the disability critique of prenatal and pre-implantation screening in light of evidence about the larger context in which fertility and reproductive healthcare is rendered in the U.S. It argues that efforts to identify acceptable criteria for trait-based selection or otherwise impose reasons-based limitations on reproductive choice should be avoided because such limitations tend to perpetuate the discrimination encountered by adults with disabilities seeking fertility and reproductive health services. © 2015 American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Inc.

Tenenbaum E.M.,Albany Law School
American Journal of Law and Medicine | Year: 2016

Kidney chains are a recent and novel method of increasing the number of available kidneys for transplantation and have the potential to save thousands of lives. However, because they are novel, kidney chains do not fit neatly within existing legal and ethical frameworks, raising potential barriers to their full implementation. Kidney chains are an extension of paired kidney donation, which began in the United States in 2000. Paired kidney donations allow kidney patients with willing, but incompatible, donors to swap donors to increase the number of donor/recipient pairs and consequently, the number of transplants. More recently, transplant centers have been using non-simultaneous, extended, altruistic donor ("NEAD") kidney chains- which consist of a sequence of donations by incompatible donors-to further expand the number of donations. This Article fully explains paired kidney donation and kidney chains and focuses on whether NEAD chains are more coercive than traditional kidney donation to a family member or close friend and whether NEAD chains violate the National Organ Transplant Act's prohibition on the transfer of organs for valuable consideration. © 2016 The Author(s).

Zapp N.,Albany Law School
Environmental Claims Journal | Year: 2016

The loss of farmland each year due to development in New York State is astounding. Yet, agriculture remains an important part of the local economy and is essential in providing local food to New York residents. Many land-use protective measures that have been put in place such as large minimal lot-size zoning and agricultural districts have failed to slow down the rate of farmland lost each year. Conservation easements are a vital protective tool, but they require lots of private and public funding. This funding is necessary in order to ensure farmland for future generations. Before it is too late, New York needs to follow the lead of states such as Pennsylvania, which has shown an overwhelming commitment to protecting vital farmland. © 2016 Taylor & Francis.

Lytton T.D.,Albany Law School
Health matrix (Cleveland, Ohio : 1991) | Year: 2010

A new generation of food labels uses symbols and ratings on the front of packages and on supermarket shelves to indicate a product's nutritional value. Proponents of these new labels assert that they help consumers make healthier dietary choices. Critics contend that the new labels are confusing and misleading. This article argues that, with some minor reforms, the FDA's existing regulatory framework governing nutrient content claims on food labels is well suited to balance these competing considerations. With regard to the most novel and complex labels--those that rate the overall nutritional value of food products based on detailed algorithms--the article proposes that the FDA provide minimum standards that would prevent fraudulent or misleading claims while allowing for genuine experimentation and competition within the private sector that is likely to advance knowledge in the areas of nutrition and food labeling as a public health strategy.

Lytton T.D.,Albany Law School
Public Health Nutrition | Year: 2011

In recent months, the FDA has begun a crackdown on misleading nutrition and health claims on the front of food packages by issuing warning letters to manufacturers and promising to develop stricter regulatory standards. Leading nutrition policy experts Marion Nestle and David Ludwig have called for an even tougher approach: a ban on all nutrition and health claims on the front of food packages. Nestle and Ludwig argue that most of these claims are scientifically unsound and misleading to consumers and that eliminating them would aid educational efforts to encourage the public to eat whole or minimally processed foods and to read the ingredients list on processed foods. Nestle and Ludwig are right to raise concerns about consumer protection and public health when it comes to front-of-package food labels, but an outright ban on front-of-package nutrition and health claims would violate the First Amendment. As nutrition policy experts develop efforts to regulate front-of-package nutrition and health claims, they should be mindful of First Amendment constraints on government regulation of commercial speech. © 2010 The Author.

Private certification as a means of risk regulation and quality assurance can offer advantages over government regulation, including superior technical expertise, better inspection and monitoring of regulated entities, increased responsiveness to consumers, and greater efficiency. This Article examines two examples of reliable private certification in regulatory arenas-fire safety and kosher food-where political opposition and resource constraints have frustrated government regulatory efforts. The Article identifies key features of reliable private certification and analyzes its comparative institutional advantages over government regulation. Critics of private certification question its legitimacy, asserting that private regulation is less participatory, transparent, and accountable than government regulation. The Article responds to these claims, arguing that the two examples of private certification presented here compare favorably with government regulation based on these criteria of legitimacy. © 2014 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin/Boston.

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