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NYC Employment Law — Pre-tax Transit Benefits
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
As employers, sometimes it is difficult to keep with the employment law changes, which is why you should consult periodically with an employment defense lawyer and stay apprised of new laws. At the...
Wage and Hour Regulation Pitfalls
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
Business owners can get themselves into trouble when not understanding wage and hours laws. What appears to be a bright idea that cuts corners and saves money is sometimes a violation that leads to...
In life, the glass is always half full! Exclusive interview with cartoonist Maria Scrivan
Dec 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena   | 19 November 2014   Maria Scrivan’s cartoons are published in MAD Magazine, Parade Magazine, Prospect Magazine (UK), on Mashable.com, Salon.com. Funny Times a...
Zeffirelli's La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera: a review
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 98 98 recommendations | email to a friend
  Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena 3 December 2014 |     Zeffirelli’s production of La Boheme at the metropolitan Opera shines. A sample of the stage set up as performed in a preceding season. L...
Are You Staying on Top of Regulations that Affect Your Restaurant?
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
A recent change in regulations predicted to arrive soon is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will release a national menu labeling standard for chain restaurants. The standard will addres...
The World Seen Through a Dog’s Point of View. An Exclusive Interview with Paul Gilligan, author of Pooch Café
Dec 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
  Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena 10 October 2014 |   Paul Gilligan with Poncho, the main character of Pooch Cafe According to his website, www.poochcafe.com, Paul Gilligan’s affair with art be...
What about Wellness Programs as Part of Health Coverage?
Nov 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 136 136 recommendations | email to a friend
Today many companies offering health insurance also provide wellness programs, which are a preventative medicine approach to health. Today, 94 percent of employers with more than 400 employees and ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: NOV 2014 (Month's Supply: 6.3 Months)
Nov 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 212 212 recommendations | email to a friend
Oct 2014 Queens NY Market Update  Queens home sales are down for the third month in a row from August – October. Home sales are also remaining significantly below last year’s levels, according to t...
Forest Hills Food Crawl
Nov 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 230 230 recommendations | email to a friend
The Chamber and All The Tastes of New York would love to invite you to our first Forest Hills Food Crawl, a culinary journey through Forest Hills happening this Wednesday, November 12th ! A Food Cr...
What Is the Professional Exception to Employment At-Will Termination?
Nov 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 276 276 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans As described in our earlier blog article, there are exceptions to at-will employment terminations, making them unlawful, and termination based on discrimination is one of th...

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For the birds
Dear Editor: The recent near-collisions between jets on the runway and in the air are once again showing that human error, and not birds, is the problem. Yet, calls for the killing of birds near ai...
May 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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Najmi the real deal
Dear Editor: Allow me to add to "S. Asian leaders call for new leadership"(Andrew Shilling - May 15). Glens Oaks lawyer Ali Najmi is contemplating running against Assemblyman David Weprin in the 24...
May 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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'Wrong sizing'
Dear Editor: Your article about the sad situation at Pomonok (“90-year-old war vet fights NYCHA downsizing” - 05/08/14) spotlights how the NYCHA is targeting seniors. A World War II veteran who ser...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
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Statue vandalized again
Dear Editor: 
The statue of the Virgin Mary was decapitated at the Bellmore Knights of Columbus Council last week. According to members of the council this is the fifth time the statue has been van...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
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Editorial right on
Dear Editor "Ferry service critical to mass transit" (In Our Opinion - May 8) is the wave of the future. Our waterways are an underutilized natural asset which can offer significant transportation ...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
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Library censorship
Dear Editor: Despite my requests to the Queens Public Library (starting in November of last year) and the Queens borough president’s inquiry into the matter, the podcasts from radio station WBAI an...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
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Honoring our vets
Dear Editor: As the nation approaches Memorial Day, we must remember all of the men and women, past and present, who have sacrificed their lives so that we here at home could be able to live in fre...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
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Property owners besieged by plane noise deserve tax break
Dear Editor: I am writing to urge residents affected by jet noise from new flight patterns at LaGuardia and JFK airports to seek property-tax exemptions from New York City to compensate for reduced...
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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Unfortunate Circumstances of State Funding
Dear Editor: It was disheartening to read the recent letter to the editor (“What About Pride” by Richard Reif – 5/1/14) , written by a member of Club Pride, regarding my office being unable to comp...
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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'Stepping' off point
I was stopped by the Eyesore of the Week photos in your May 1 issue (“Step Street” between 65th and 64th streets). Love the stone stairway, so old and, well...charming! But, look at the opportunity...
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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Crazy train
Dear Editor: The recent subway derailment is a wake up call for the MTA to speed up track inspections so as to prevent another derailment from occurring. The track that was damaged had only been in...
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All aboard!
Dear Editor: Let's all get on board to May 11 for National Amtrak Day. Why not ask our elected officials to support a dedicated capital revenue stream that could include allocating a penny per gall...
May 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
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Principal lacks principles
Dear Editor: A Bronx principal named Jennifer Joynt gave Iraq Marine veteran Christopher Moll, who is a special-education teacher at a Throggs Neck middle school, an unsatisfactory rating due to ab...
May 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fair contract
Dear Editor: Congratulations to UFT President Michael Mulgrew, Chancellor Carmen Farina,and Mayor Bill de Blasio, as well as their negotiating teams, for finally hammering out a fair, viable and eq...
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No middle room
Dear Editor: Congratulations to the uber-wealthy Kochs, Edelsons, et al, in managing to degrade our once wealthiest middle class to second place, conceding the title to Canada, that "Socialist" cou...
May 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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An Amgen sign is seen at the company's office in South San FranciscoBy Ransdell Pierson (Reuters) - Amgen Inc on Wednesday said its new type of treatment for a deadly form of leukemia would cost about $178,000 when it becomes available on Thursday, which would make it one of the world's most expensive cancer drugs. Company spokeswoman Danielle Bertrand said the price for the infused medicine, called Blincyto, would reflect two courses of treatment, at $89,000 per cycle. ...


2014-12-17 15:22:10 -0500

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2014 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. speaks in Washington. Liberal activists eager to draft Warren into a run for president are bringing their effort to Iowa, the pivotal early-voting state where there’s already well-established organizing effort in place _ for Hillary Rodham Clinton. MoveOn.org will hold a meeting Wednesday evening in Des Moines as part of their new "Run Warren Run" campaign. The group is trying to persuade Warren to seek the Democratic nomination in 2016, even though the Massachusetts senator has repeatedly said she is not running. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Liberal activists eager to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a run for president are bringing their effort to Iowa, the pivotal early-voting state.


2014-12-17 15:17:20 -0500

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is seen inside the parliament during Presidential voteBy Renee Maltezou and Lefteris Papadimas ATHENS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has bet on Greece's future with an early vote for the presidency. Samaras's decision last week to bring the three-stage parliamentary vote forward to this month from February took the Greek establishment and financial markets by surprise.  But a select few knew it was coming, among them German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. With Berlin playing a decisive role in European aid for Greece, Samaras and Schaeuble spoke repeatedly by telephone in the days before the early vote was announced on Dec. 8, according to a euro zone official with direct knowledge of the talks.  They discussed details of Greece’s international bailout, which Samaras wants to pull out of a year ahead of schedule. They also talked about bringing forward the vote, this person said, even though the conservative premier has yet to secure a majority of lawmakers for the government's candidate.


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