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Queens Home Team Awarded Top Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II for Most Units Sold in 2014!
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
The Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty, led by George & Abigail Herrera, were recently honored at the Keller Williams Realty Landmark II awards ceremony in Astoria, NY. Out of 160 Agents, Q...
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as ObamaCare)
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Author; Donna Stefans Re:Obamacare The Health insurance reporting requirements on the 2014 tax return are a bit complicated. If you and your family were covered by an employer health care plan for ...
A Different Slant on Class-Based Hiring Discrimination
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans Most employers are familiar with the pitfalls of discriminating against applicants in protected classes under Civil Rights laws. For the most part, African Americans, Hispan...
← How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants? Are Employers Free from Liability When Using Staffing Agencies to Terminate Employees?
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Companies often find that staffing agencies are valuable resources for helping them fill temporary or permanent positions and for handling human resources issues. However, recently, an outside staf...
How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants?
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans Minimum wage increases took effect on December 31, 2014, raising the New York minimum wage from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour for employees who work based on hourly wages. By the ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: JANUARY 2015
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January 2014 Queens NY Market Update  The pace of existing home sales increased in December, but remained below that in the same month of the previous year. Home prices declined as we moved in to t...
Negligence of Oregon Hospital Led to Wrongful Death of Patient
Jan 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
Author:  Mark H. Sackstein, Esq. All it takes is one small mistake for a disaster to occur. No matter how much research is done when choosing a hospital, it is impossible to predict a situation suc...
Matching Workouts With the Results You Want
Jan 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard friends complain about not getting the results they want, despite how much energy they’re putting into their workout.  People who want bigger muscles go t...
How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants?
Jan 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen Hans Minimum wage increases took effect on December 31, 2014, raising the New York minimum wage from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour for employees who work based on hourly wages. By the way...
Immersed in ancient times; the performance of Aida at the Metropolitan Opera. A review.
Jan 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 139 139 recommendations | email to a friend
Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena   Imagine being immersed in an ancient world, with colossal stone columns, palaces and images of deities, a marvelous music surrounding you and, thank God, no ce...

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Thanks to all who help keep HOPE alive
Dear Editor: Project HOPE (Help Our People Eat) has now entered its fourth year feeding the hungry. This volunteer program is sponsored by Transfiguration and St. Stanislaus parishes in Maspeth, an...
May 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Monserrate just a small fish in a big pond
Dear Editor: Hiram Monserrate and the other "caught Albany pols" are only the tip of the corrupt iceberg in our State Capitol. It has been going on for decades, and once in a while there has to be ...
May 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garbage policy is pure trash
Dear Editor: I want to publicly thank State Senator Tony Avella for his concern and action on behalf of his constituents regarding the rules and regulations for placing refuse out for collection. C...
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Nursing Home Week
Dear Editor: National Nursing Home Week, which began on Mother’s Day and ends May 19, is a special week to “Celebrate the Journey” of residents and honor them with a shower of community support. Th...
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What's the president thinking on same-sex marriage?
Dear Editor: President Barack Obama is the first president to come out in support of same-sex marriage. Now I am a Catholic and a grand knight in the Knights of Columbus and firmly believe that mar...
May 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Agree with dispatcher on oil breaks
Dear Editor: In the April 19th edition, there was a letter from Joanna Livingstone regarding the March 29th vote to block legislation that would strip billions of dollars in tax breaks for the bigg...
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Help save ALA asthma program
Dear Editor: Spring is in the air—and so are asthma triggers. Did you know that asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under 15; or that it is a leading cause of school...
May 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Votes aren't there for commuter tax
Dear Editor It will be interesting to see if 2103 mayoral candidate Scott Stinger can count on his Albany allies for implementation of the non-resident commuter tax. Democratic Assembly Speaker Sil...
May 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Two tax lots means lots of problems
Dear Editor: According to New York State Law, property owners are required to pay property taxes whether or not they receive a bill. While I agree that it is a homeowner’s responsibility to ensure ...
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Time to collect on old student loans
There is another solution to President Barack Obama and the Democrats call for finding $5.9 billion to prevent interest rates on Stafford student loans increasing from 3.4 to 6.8 percent in July. P...
Apr 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitalism alive and well, just not here
Dear Editor: In spite of the bongo-banging 99 percenters denouncing the evils of capitalism, something they have never actually seen in their lifetimes, billions are waking up to the empowerment of...
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North Korea a ticking timebomb
Dear Editor: The situation with North Korea is, at best, very precarious. The country is saber rattling again, and the United States and the rest of the international community needs to be very war...
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The other sinking ship
Dear Editor: We heard a lot about the Titanic last week. It was a tragic accident, to be sure, but the story of the Lusitania is much more interesting, tragic and sinister, to say the least. The si...
Apr 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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R.I.P. Dick Clark
Dear Editor; I am sadden as many are about the passing of Dick Clark, who was called America's oldest teenager. He was larger than life and brought rock and roll into our homes for many years. I re...
Apr 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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We have to admit we have a problem
Dear Editor: I have reluctantly concluded that the economic, political, and cultural challenges we face may never be resolved. The truth about our country’s condition and prognosis is not reported ...
Apr 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Detail from the front of the United States Federal Reserve Board building is shown in WashingtonA U.S. Treasury official and a director at the New York Federal Reserve are among those who have been considered to replace two hawkish Fed policymakers, according to people familiar with the searches. Final decisions are not imminent in the efforts to find successors to Philadelphia Fed President Charles Plosser, who steps down March 1, and Richard Fisher of the Dallas Fed, who retires on March 19. Matthew Rutherford, whose stint as Treasury's top domestic finance official ended on Friday, was under consideration at least in early stages of the searches, according to three sources. James McAndrews, who heads up research at the neighboring New York Fed, was considered for the job in Philadelphia, where he once worked.


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A Toyota logo is seen on a car inside a showroom at a Toyota dealership in Warsaw(Reuters) - Some 2.1 million vehicles produced by Toyota Motor Corp, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Honda Motor Co are being recalled to fix a potentially defective chip that could cause air bags to deploy inadvertently, U.S. federal vehicle safety regulators said Saturday.


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New Italian President Sergio Mattarella, left, poses for photographers with Lower Chamber president Laura Boldrini, right at the Constitutional court building near the Quirinal Palace, the official residence of the President of the Italian Republic, in Rome, Jan. 31, 2015. Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, as the nation's new president on the third day of voting Saturday. Mattarella's election as head of state was clinched when he amassed 505 votes — a simple majority. The 73-year-old former minister with center-left political roots went on to garner 665 votes from the 1,009 eligible electors. Known as a man of few words, Mattarella cemented that reputation with his first remarks to the nation. "My thoughts go, above all, to the difficulties and hopes of our fellow citizens. That's enough, he said, referring to the grim economic situation. Italy is mired in recession and unemployment has hovered about 13 percent nationally. Young Italians are increasingly seeking work abroad. (AP Photo/Ettore Ferrari, Ansa) ITALY OUTROME (AP) — Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, as the nation's new president on the third day of voting Saturday.


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