Courtney M. Hills

Courtney M. Hills
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Cuse Cheap Spotlight Special: Courtney M. Hills ( @legalybrunetsyr ) Municipal And Real Estate Attorney



If you have followed our blog recently, you know we do a regular feature we call our Spotlight Special that focuses on local businesses who have some deals or events planned. We can also use this to profile a local product or person we think makes Syracuse and Central New York special. In this case, we wanted to introduce you to our very first VI-cheaP member to join our site and her name is Courtney M. Hills Attorney at Law.




In the past, the posts have been about profiling their events, specials or business and I just break it down for you. This time since I consider Courtney a friend, we wanted to try something different so I did this in an interview format. So below you will find 5 questions I asked her and her responses that explain why we wanted her to be a VI-cheaP member and when and why you should reach out for her services. Hereeeeee's Courtney!

1. Could you take a few minutes and introduce yourself and tell us a little more about your background and what you do?
My name is Courtney Hills, and I am an attorney with an office located in Manlius, NY. I have practiced law for more than ten years. I concentrate my practice in the representation of village and town legislative, planning, zoning, and assessment review boards, as well as the representation of buyers, sellers, developers, and lenders with both commercial and residential real estate transactions.

I am a 2001 graduate of Syracuse University colleges of Human Services and Health Professions and Arts and Sciences. I received a B.S. in psychology and a B.A. in child and family studies. Prior to and while attending law school, I worked as a social worker in the healthcare field. I received my Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law in 2006.

2. As a real estate attorney, at what point should I contact you if I am pursuing a real estate transaction? What other services do you provide? 

With respect to residential real estate transactions, you will want to contact me once you have a fully executed purchase offer. If realtors are involved, they typically handle the forwarding of the contract to me. This is something that should be done right away because most residential real estate contracts used here in Onondaga County only have a 3-day attorney review period written into them. Commercial real estate transactions on the other hand are more involved and your attorney should be involved in the contract writing and negotiation process from the beginning.

Being a municipal attorney I also have extensive experience with land use and zoning issues. I can assist homeowners who are seeking variances from their local city, town or village zoning ordinances for projects such as pools, sheds, fences, decks, and the like. I can also assist developers with much larger projects, such as apartments, commercial businesses, and the like. 

3. Do you have any local businesses you really love or local sports teams you enjoy rooting for? Any local places you love to visit? 

I am a fan of SU basketball. I like meeting friends out to watch the games or attending games at the Dome. As far as local places are concerned, I’m pretty much a fan of all things Italian! But my (current) absolute favorite is Delmonico’s



4. Are there any organizations, charities or local activities that you take part in?
I am an advocate for women’s health issues and women’s empowerment, and I try to align myself with organizations that focus on the education and funding for such issues. A couple of local organizations I support are Hope for Heather and Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer.

Hope for Heather is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to raise funds in support of ovarian cancer research, to promote education and awareness, and to help provide comfort to women and their families devastated by cancer.



Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer is an unconventional initiative to promote awareness, early detection, and advocacy with a special focus on how the disease impacts younger people.

In addition, I have recently become involved with the Rescue Mission, which organization provides those in need with food, housing and employment in Central New York. 


Another passion of mine is advocating for safer and more regulated personal care products. No beauty products (i.e., lotions, sunscreens, cosmetics, shampoos, etc.) require FDA approval before going to market. In fact the last time Congress passed a major law regulating cosmetics was in 1938 and currently the number of potentially harmful cosmetic ingredients banned or restricted in the U.S. is a mere 30. Meanwhile our neighbors – the European Union have banned or regulated the use of over 1,300 ingredients known to be harmful and Canada has banned or regulated over 600. I am an advocate for the Personal Care Products Safety Act which was just introduced and would give the FDA additional authority to regulate the safety of beauty products, and I have aligned myself with Beautycounter, a company that not only provides safer products but has been actively involved in informing and educating our lawmakers regarding this issue and has been lobbying Congress for the passage of this bill. 

5. I want to say thank you for your time and your support of Cuse Cheap. This is your space to say anything you would like people to know about you or your business. Is there anything you would like to add and where can they find you on the internet? 

I have a website at www.courtneyhills.com where you can find my contact information and helpful blogs regarding both real estate and municipal related matters.

I would like to thank Courtney for her time, her support and her friendship. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook if you would like to follow her and support her as she supports us and the community. And don't forget to check out her website which also features that blog she mentions in her closing statement.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Cuse Cheap Spotlight Special: Empire Brewing Company @EmpireBrew




I admit I have been slacking on Spotlight Specials lately to concentrate on other things but hopefully I can get back into doing them regularly. With that in mind, I wanted to bring it back with a local company I personally love and have for years: Empire Brewing Company.

For the last few years, when I am around Armory Square, one of my favorite stops is Empire. After following them on Twitter and hearing Tim Butler on KRock's The Show, I started to become interested in trying their products. Now I am not generally a craft beer guy but I have enjoyed some of the beers I have tried over the years there. In fact, one of the last memories I have with my father before he passed was sharing a Otto Amber Ale/East Coast Amber with him over lunch at a restaurant in Oneida and it's still one of my happier memories in life.

Over the last few years, I noticed that have not only been expanding into more restaurants like that throughout the state (and even outside of it at times) but also started bottling it. Now I can swing by a Wegmans or Nice N' Easy and grab up a six pack of my East Coast Amber or occasionally my other favorite: White Aphro, which apparently is not a hair growth medicine as I had hope but it was quite good. Not to mention, Empire Brewing Company in Armory also offers a weekly brunch experience with music as well.


Now if you do follow their Twitter account, you will also see another reason I wanted to do a Spotlight Special on them. They often tweet out that days lunch specials and I love seeing them especially if it's one of their burgers or flatbread pizza. The staff is very knowledgeable about the beers usually so if I ask questions about the beers since I have no clue about craft beers to go with my lunch, they are very helpful.

If you watch the video at the beginning of this post, you also know they have since started a Empire Farm Brewery in Cazenovia. This is a phenomenal facility that not only allows for more space but also the ability for us as consumers to experience more about how these brewmasters put together such a tasty presentation.



This facility also allows for them to host events like their upcoming Beer + PiYo event  this Thursday April 30 from noon to 1 as well as their Pints, Poses, and Perennials event on Saturday May 13th, which for only $20 you can enjoy a yoga class, a pint of Empire beer and a potted perennial from Maple Hill Nursery. Also on Mother's Day, at both locations, all mom's get a free pint of beer and a free Beignet while supplies last at the Syracuse Brewpub location.

You can also sample some Empire Brews at The Yard in Manlius on May 21st along with the music of The Bones of JR Jones and Mickey Powell from 6-10 PM for only $10. Click the links to save the event to your Facebook page or let them know if you're interested in attending.





Empire Brewing Company is also living, breathing proof that if you support a local company, it can grow bringing recognition to the area and hopefully more visitors or at least add something extra for visitors to try while they're here as well as more jobs. Something I would love to see more local businesses doing and I maybe it's pie in the sky thinking but it's part of why I want to do this blog and social media account...in the hopes we can make local, smaller businesses get more exposure and grow.

And they also go out in the community and support other local businesses as well as sponsor/work with events like Syracuse Fashion Week. They even work with local companies to create beers in conjunction with their products such as the Apple Harvest Ale (Beak & Skiff), Local Grind (Cafe Kabul), and Critz Apple Ale (Critz Farms) as well as Deep Purple that uses NYS Concord grapes and the Skinny Atlas Light named after Skaneateles Lake, from which they draw their brewing water.

The Empire Farm Brewery (located at 33 Rippleton Road in Cazenovia) is open Thursday- Sunday 11:30 AM- 9 PM and the Empire Brewpub (located at 120 Walton Street in downtown Syracuse in the Armory Square district) is open 7 days a week. So if you happen to be in Cazenovia or Armory Square, stop by and give them a try (and if you happen to see Tim Butler, tell him Orange Chuck says hello). Or swing by your local store or restaurant and look for one of Empire's various beers on tap or in bottles and if they don't carry it, ask them if they would.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Finding You Way Around Cuse Cheap: Weekends Are Specials



And we now present to you the weekend edition that concludes our series about daily specials titled Finding Your Way Around Cuse Cheap. The series is a list of specials every week on specific days of the week and this post covers Friday, Saturday and Sunday. As we stated in the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday posts, these are running lists and when we notice or are notified something should be updated or added, we will gladly edit it.


FRIDAY SPECIALS






SATURDAY SPECIALS





  • Chicken and Biscuits Dinner $11.99, Queen Prime Rib Dinner $21.99 and King Prime Rib Dinner $23.99 at Eddie's Restaurant
  • Corn Fed Black Angus Prime Rib Dinner $13.95 5-8 PM at DiBello's
  • Prime Rib Dinner with Salad and Potato $12.95 at Frank's Plank Road
  • Mates Cut Prime Rib with Choice Of Deep Fried or Broiled Haddock, Fantail Shrimp, Frog Legs, Deep Fried Clam Strips, Deep Fried Coconut Shrimp or Grilled Salmon $26.98 5-10 PM at Borio's Restaurant
  • Prime Rib No Choice 1BP Beef 8 Ounce Mates Cut $14.99, 12 Ounce Captain's Cut $17.99, and 16 Ounce Admiral Cut $20.99 at Fisher Bay Restaurant

SUNDAY SPECIALS




  • $2.50 games, $2.50 shoes and $3 PBR after 6 at AMF Strike N' Spare Lanes
  • 1 Free Kids Hibachi Meal with Purchase of 2 Adult Entrees Excluding Holidays. Hibachi Room and Dine In Only at Sake Bomb
  • Kids Eat Free (some restrictions may apply) at Papa Gallo Mexican Restaurant
  • Free Kids Meal With Each Adult Meal Purchase (10 and under) at Zebbs Grill & Bar
  • Free Kids Scramble with Adult Brunch Purchase During Brunch Hours and 1/2 Price Wings Until 9 PM with Purchase of a Beverage at The Distillery
  • 55 Cent Wings Noon-4 PM at Borio's Restaurant
  • Prime Rib Sandwich (when available) or Chicken & Biscuits Dinner $11.99 at Eddie's Restaurant
  • Chicken and Biscuits $9.99 And All You Can Eat Sauerbraten Served with Red Cabbage and Egg Noodles $11.99 at Euclid Restaurant
  • Buddy's Plate (two hand-patted burgers, mac salad, crinkle fries, sauteed onions and mustard piled up and smothered with a Rochester hot sauce delicacy) for $9.99 and All Day Happy Hour Specials at Good Buddy's Pub
  • 1/2 Off Any Bottle of Wine All Day at 1060 Restaurant
  • Any Cheese Or Pepperoni Pizza for $6.99 at Select Byrne Dairy Stores
  • 1 Donut for 70 Cents or 2 for $1.19 (AM) and One Whole Cold Sub for $5 (PM) at Stewart's Shops
  • 1st Sunday of Each Month Get Free Admission at MOST
  • Also Don't Forget There Are Many Great Local Brunch Deals, Many of Which We Have Posted About Here and Here

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Syracuse Brunch Scene Volume II: Party Hard And Brunch Harder


Welcome to another edition of The Syracuse Brunch Scene! The first edition (which you can find here) is now the most viewed post in our blog history and I figured I would finally post a sequel. I wanted to do my best to find a diverse list that included a couple local favorites as well as a couple maybe you were not as familiar with (though I am sure most of you hardcore brunchers probably know about them all). This obviously is not a complete list but just some more I felt looked interesting enough to share. I will gladly do another list if I can find another 10 or so more that are interesting as well as distinct and preferably locally owned.

Before we get started, I would love to plug one other thing if you brunch at home on Sundays and would like some enjoyable music while you do. Blue Moon Cafe Radio airs Sundays 7 AM- Noon on TK99 in Syracuse (which you can also stream online using the link above or via their free mobile app) and on WOUR 96.9 FM in Utica. Join host Mimi Griswold as she plays an eclectic array of mostly acoustic singers-songwriters from over the years. You can also hear her play Alice's Restaurant on Thanksgiving Day and holiday music as Christmas nears.

Let's get ready to brunch!


PASTIFICIO RESTAURANT


Location and Contact Information:
210 Brooklea Drive
Fayetteville, NY 13066
(315) 632-4560
Contact Page
Website
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram

Brunch Schedule: Saturday and Sundays until 3 PM

Brunch Menu Options: You can build your own omelette starting at $8.95 with your choice of two toppings and toast or add more toppings for additional charges (including lobster or shrimp). Plus you can choose from four other brunch deals (which you can find out here) and choose from house coffee or Salt City Coffee as well as Pepsi products, milks and juices and herbal tea and chai.


THE KREBS


Location and Contact Information
53 West Genesee Street
Skaneateles, NY 
(315) 685-1500
reservations@thekrebs.com
Website
Facebook
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Brunch Schedule: Sunday 11 AM- 3 PM

Brunch Menu Options: Bread and pastries served for the table and various fruit, grain and sweet, savory and egg based items to choose from with the option of two plates ($29) or three plates ($42) plus additional add on items.

Also EIGHT featured cocktail options including Bloody Mary and Mimosas as well as various juices.

You can view all the options here.


THE MISSION RESTAURANT


Location and Contact Information
304 East Onondaga Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 475-7344 (reservations required for parties of 7 or more)
Contact information at the bottom of the homepage
Website
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram

Brunch Schedule: Every Sunday 11 AM- 3 PM

Brunch Menu Options: The Mission Restaurant is a Mexican based restaurant so most menu items are a mix of your average brunch items along with a Mexican twist as well. Several items, salsas and sides to choose from as well as drinks (Mimosas included). Also features 3 options on the kid's menu $5 and under for children 10 and under.

To view the full brunch menu, click here.

Ocean Blue Rooftop Restaurant & Oyster Bar


Location and Contact Information
LANDMARC Building
118 Columbia Street
Utica, NY 13502
(315)735-2583(BLUE)
Contact Page
Website
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram

Brunch Schedule: Every Sunday 11:30 AM- 3 PM

Brunch Menu Options: Various brunch entrees ($10-$18), sandwiches ($10-$19), a raw bar, appetizers, sides, soups and salads. You can also order the "Bubbles N' Brunch" option for $39.

For their full brunch menu, click here and check out their Mother's Day offer below.





Blue Water Grill


Location and Contact Information
11 West Genesee Street
Skaneateles, NY 13152
(315) 685-6600
Direction Page
Website
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Brunch Schedule and Menu: Every Sunday 12-2 you can enjoy their "Brunch In A Pint Glass". It's a Bloody Mary Bar/Buffet with premium liquors and over 45 toppings to complete them.

The Sherwood Inn


Location and Contact Information
26 West Genesee Street
Skaneateles, NY 13152
(315) 685-3405
Contact Page
Website
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram

Click Mother's Day Brunch Menu  to see what they have to offer.

Cathy's Corner Cafe


Location and Contact Information
929 Avery Avenue (Tip Hill District)
Syracuse, NY 13204
(315)479-6990
Contact Page
Website
Facebook

Brunch Schedule and Menu: From now until Father's Day, you can enjoy a brunch buffet on Sundays 10 AM- 2 PM for only $18.95 per person.




The Lincklaen House


Location and Contact Information
79 Albany Street
Cazenovia, NY 13035
(315)655-3461
Contact Page
Website
Facebook
Instagram

Brunch Schedule: Every Sunday 9 AM- 1 PM

Brunch Menu Options: Brunch buffet for $15,95 plus tax and gratuity per person. For their full list of food and drink (juices, bloody mary and mimosas) options, click here.

Aster Pantry & Parlor

Location and Contact Information
116 Walton Street (Armory Square)
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315)373-0031
Contact Page
Website
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram

Brunch Schedule: Every Sunday 11:30 AM- 4 PM

Brunch Menu: Aster Pantry offers a full variety of a la carte options including starters ($5-$11), plates ($10-$14), sides ($2-$6), and sweets ($6-$8). They also offer several "Morning Pick-Me-Ups" ($7-$14) as well as Brunch Classics ($4-$9) for those looking for some adult beverages to compliment their palate.

You can view their entire brunch menu by clicking here.


Otro Cinco


Location and Contact Information
206 South Warren Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315)422-6876
Website
Twitter
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Brunch Schedule:Saturdays and Sundays 11 AM- 4 PM

Brunch Menu: Otro Cinco features a variety of options that includes Jerk Chicken Quesadilla ($8), Catfish Burrito ($11), Huevos Racheros ($9), Lobster Taco ($15 for two, $19 for three) and Jalapeno Cornbread ($4). You can also select from 10 cocktail options ranging in price from $5-$10 and $3 Red Stripe and Heinekin beer specials.

To view the full menu including cocktail selection, click here.

Alto Cinco

Location and Contact Information
526 Westcott Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
(315)422-6399

Brunch Schedule: Saturday 8 AM- 3 PM & Sunday 10 AM- 3 PM

Brunch Menu: Posted below



Monday, April 17, 2017

Finding Your Way Around Cuse Cheap: Make Way For Thursday



Welcome back for another Finding Your Way Around Cuse Cheap post and this time we will cover Friday Eve...aka Thursday! Just like Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday's posts, we feature over 20 specials that we hope you will enjoy throughout CNY and make life a little easier on you at times as well. And since we have done this before, there's no need for an introduction so let's get to some great local deals you can find to help you navigate your way around Cuse Cheap.

Thursday's Specials












Finding Your Way Around Cuse Cheap: Hump Day Deals And Meals



Welcome to the Wednesday edition of Finding Your Way Around Cuse Cheap where we profile all the daily specials throughout CNY every Wednesday...that we're aware of at least. If you know of any more not listed or changes we need to make, feel free to contact us and we will gladly make an adjustment. We have over 20 deals to share so let's get to it.

Wednesday's Deals











Monday, April 10, 2017

Finding Your Way Around Cuse Cheap: Tuesday's Specials Are Served



If you read our last post about Monday's (which you can find here), you know that we are doing a series on places to find good deals each day of the week on a regular basis. So with that in mind, we now present our post about deals you can find throughout CNY every Tuesday.

Please note: we are trying to use locally owned businesses and everything we could find. If you see something incorrect or missing, feel free to let us know and we will gladly fix it as soon as we possibly can.

Tuesday's Specials















  • Kids 10 and under eat for 99 cents with adult entree purchase at The Distillery
  • Kids eat free (drink and dessert included) at Delphia's Restaurant 
  • Kids eat free 5-9 PM with an adult dinner purchase at Borio's 
  • Receive one free kids meal with beverage for each adult meal purchased at Kirby's Grill
  • $1 kids meals with adult purchase of $5.99 or more plus games for the kids at Trappers Pizza Pub
  • $14.95 kid's haircuts at Snip-Its