Mr. Sorrentino, I completely agree that this person needs legal advice and that's why I referred Keherr522 to a site to find a licensed attorney to look over their contract. Until they talk to that attorney, I do not think they should do anything not in the contract. I stand by my advice not to return a dime until they get an answer from a local attorney. If NY state doesn't like my personal opinion, they know where to find me.
Since I am not an attorney and do not represent myself in any way other than a helpful bystander, no personal opinion posted here constitutes practicing law any more than a reply form Dear Abby constitutes counseling without a license. Good advice is good advice. My advice is to consult an attorney before you make any decisions.