blog roll
our featured bloggers
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 | 21 21 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 | 20 20 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?
Jan 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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 | 76 76 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...

more blogs

pol position
But who will be our First Lady?
Well, it looks like Sandra Lee won't be the next Semi-First Lady. The Food Network star and host of Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee won't be moving into the governor's mansion or assuming the...
Nov 09, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Eliot emerges
It appears Eliot Spitzer is finally ready to crawl out from under the shadows of embarrassing public scandal, and get back out in front of the public in a much more positive light, and we're not ta...
Nov 09, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Will the voters make Damon wear a Yankees cap
We realize that this information is being delivered too late to actually do you any good at the polls, but we figured we would share it with you anyway, if solely in the interest of keeping track o...
Nov 02, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
McMillan: Jimmy gonna win it!
Well, we called it again, goslings! Last week we were pushing the Rent is Too Damn High gubernatorial candidate Jimmy McMillan (enamored as we were after the debate like half of the people who tune...
Oct 26, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
A 'Special' race in South Queens
Nicole Paultre Bell, fiancé of police-shooting victim Sean Bell, is one of six candidates in the special election to replace Councilman Tom White, who passed away on August 27 after a long bout wit...
Oct 26, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Paladino, Cuomo need to step up their games
If you've been reading Pol Position lately, you know that we have been excited - really excited - about a showdown between "Crazy" Carl Paladino and Andrew "Just Don't Do or Say Anything Stupid and...
Oct 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Paladino, unscripted
I think we can all agree that, in the interest of civil political discourse, a candidate for office should not have his or her children thrust into the middle of a political campaign without a very...
Oct 13, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
This must be how they do things in Buffalo
Is Carl Paladino the most entertaining candidate to run for office in New York State in, oh we don't know...ever! A completely sane and rational person would tell you that his brash and in-your-fac...
Oct 05, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Poll: Should Carl Paladino apologize?

Oct 05, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Have you heard of these people called “Republicans”?
We here at Pol Position don't claim be experts on running a political campaign. Heck, we don't claim to be experts at anything except mixing up the perfect Night Train Express Wine Cooler-tini. (Do...
Sep 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Jimmy Mac Ain't Coming Back
We got an unusual email from political operative James McClelland last week, announcing his sudden departure from the Anthony Como State Senate campaign. Truth is, although we knew “Jimmy Mac” was ...
Sep 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Just call him untouchable, for now
Well, it appears that while young up-and-comers in the Brooklyn political scene are serious about bringing reform to the notoriously scandal-plagued Kings County Democratic Party, it doesn't look l...
Sep 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Handicapping the races that matter…
Our predictions for how they will finish in Tuesday's primary
Sep 09, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Rock the vote!
Or at least do a little jazzy number all over the ballot next week, because it's time to go to the polls again already! Primary Day is on Tuesday, September 14, and Republicans and Democrats – okay...
Sep 07, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Vet confusion
Was it just an oversight, or an attempt to deceive the voters? An opponent of John Duane in the race to replace Ann-Margaret Carrozza is crying foul over a recent piece of literature that the Duane...
Sep 07, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
national news
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kurdish ground forces, helped by U.S. and allied air support, have retaken the Syrian town of Kobani from Islamic State militants, U.S. Lieutenant-General James Terry said on Saturday. Supporting what Kurdish forces said earlier this week, Terry, commander of the Combined Joint Task Force that has been leading air strikes against Islamic State, said in a statement: "Kurdish ground forces, supported by our air component, were successful in retaking the town of Kobani." (Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Frances Kerry)
2015-01-31 14:46:09 -0500

Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk arrives to take part in peace talks in MinskBy Andrei Makhovsky and Richard Balmforth MINSK/KIEV (Reuters) - Peace talks on Ukraine collapsed on Saturday after just over four hours with no tangible progress towards a new ceasefire but with Ukraine's representative and separatist envoys angrily accusing each other of sabotaging the meeting. Ukraine's representative, former president Leonid Kuchma, left the talks in Minsk, Belarus, telling Interfax news agency that separatist officials had undermined the meeting by making ultimatums and refusing "to discuss a plan of measures for a quick ceasefire and a pull-back of heavy weapons". Denis Pushilin, one of the separatist officials, told the Russian news agency RIA that they were ready for dialogue "but not ready for ultimatums from Kiev while shelling by their forces is going on in the background of towns in the Donbass (industrialised eastern Ukraine)". The meeting of the "contact group", which also involves a Russian envoy and an official from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, took place in the Belarussian capital even as fighting between Kiev's forces and the Russian-backed rebels raged on in Ukraine's east, claiming more civilian and military lives.


2015-01-31 14:44:50 -0500

Dijsselbloem, head of the euro zone finance ministers' group, and Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis shake hands after their common press conference at the ministry in AthensBy Paul Carrel and Jussi Rosendahl BERLIN/HELSINKI (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel ruled out a debt writedown for Greece on Saturday, and a European Central Bank policymaker threatened to cut off funding to Greek banks if Athens does not agree to renew its bailout package. The euro zone's paymaster and the ECB are both taking a tough line with Greece's new leftist government, whose leader swept to victory last Sunday promising that five years of austerity, "humiliation and suffering" were over. Alexis Tsipras has also promised to renegotiate agreements with the European Commission, ECB and International Monetary Fund "troika" and write off much of Greece's 320 billion euro ($360 billion) debt, which at more than 175 percent of gross domestic product is the world's second-highest after Japan.


2015-01-31 14:42:53 -0500