Engel Law Offices now in Saratoga

We’ve been going through some big changes at Engel Law Offices in the last few months…in addition to our recent move from State Street to the State Tower Building in Syracuse, we now have an office in Saratoga Springs.

Equine Law is the threshold area of our Saratoga practice, representing owners, trainers, jockeys and breeders in all aspects of the industry. This includes formation of racing entities, licensing issues.

Saratoga is an important place for me, as I have spent many years part time in the area. I’m looking forward to growing my practice, not just in equine law, but throughout the other areas of our practice. It will be an honor and privilege to represent the community I have come to know.


120 West Avenue
Suite 216
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 490-1770

Soundgarden Needs our Help

I read the article on Syracuse.com with respect to how new legislation in the City of Syracuse is impacting the ability of Sound Garden to remain operational.


Sound Garden is an eclectic and wonderful store. It started 16 years ago on Walton Street, above Empire Brewing Company and quickly became my go to place to buy music and dvds. It is a dying  breed: a true independent music store that sells pre-owned cd’s and dvds as well as new issues. They carry all types of music from big band to alternative rock and rap and everything in between. The store became so successful that several years ago, they moved into a stand alone building adjacent to Onondaga Creek and the new creek walk. If you ever want to get lost for a few hours browsing music old school style, go there and look through their collection; you will be amazed.

If Syracuse Common Councilor Jake Barrett has his way, you won’t have much longer to go, so hurry.

The Syracuse Common Council has enacted legislation regarding “second hand” stores, whereby sellers of previously owned merchandise must keep strict record keeping with the Syracuse Police Department.  The owners of Sound Garden have stated that by virtue of the large volume of pre-owned merchandise they take in per day they would be overly burdened by this restriction.  This is especially true since there are no allegations of selling stolen music or videos. As a result, the owners of Sound Garden appealed to Councilor Barrett to obtain a waiver.

Councilor Barrett has stated he has “no intention” of granting a waiver for this successful business. If his mind isn’t changed, Sound Garden intends to leave downtown, closing a successful well run business that adds a lot to our community. We as an electorate need to reach out to Councilor Barrett and the other Councilors on the Common Council.

As a local business owner and one who supports locally owned or independent businesses as much as possible, I encourage you to write  or call Councilor Barrett. I am discouraged that this Administration will not work with a successful business in finding a way to work things out.

Please take a minute to make your voice heard on this issue:

Jake Barrett: Room 314 City Hall
Syracuse, New York 13202
Phone: (315) 448-8466
Fax: (315) 448-8423
Email: [email protected]

I’m on the board!

I’m really excited to announce that I have recently been elected to the board of directors for the Joey DiPaolo AIDS Foundation.

The foundation was originally created in the 1990’s to provide a camp for children suffering from AIDS.

As AIDs/HIV became a more manageable disease, the need for a camp devoted solely for these patients diminished, so the foundation joined forces with Camp TLC, a group that provides a mobile camp experience to kids living in isolated circumstances such as shelters, group homes and hospitals.


“We are pleased to have recently elected Todd to the Board of Directors. Todd is primarily involved with one of the Foundation’s programs, Camp TLC (Together Living a Challenge) and has agreed to also serve as Site Coordinator for the Saratoga session of Camp, a special session that brings a week of summer camp to children of the backstretch as well as children from the local Domestic Violence Shelter. His energy and enthusiasm for Camp as well as the Foundation will be a great asset and we are all looking forward in him helping us grow the organization”

~ Caroline Baumis, Executive Director

I’m honored to be a part of this great organization and thrilled to be working on the Saratoga camp session. I’ll be posting updates on our events here.