The NYS Bar Association (private group, not the board that licenses lawyers) has a lawyer referral program. They will be able to point you to a few qualified attorneys.
Statutes of limitation vary depending on who you are suing. Contact an attorney to review the facts and determine who to sue and when to sue.
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