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Are You an Independent or Joint Owner If You Own a Franchise Restaurant?
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
Authorl Stephen D. Hans For more than thirty years, a line was drawn that differentiated a franchiser and franchisee. The relationship between the two served each other well. Entrepreneurs looking ...
Septic Tank Pipe-Cover Crafts
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
Many yards have ugly septic tank pipes sticking up out of the ground, but not all yards have ones that stand out in the open. In some cases, the septic pipes are hidden amongst trees, bushes or oth...
Are Your Dress Code and Grooming Policies Violating Discrimination Laws?
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 104 104 recommendations | email to a friend
      Author: Stephen Hans Companies have the right to expect employees to be neat in appearance and follow a company dress code. Some companies require short hair for men and no one gives it a sec...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: FEB 2015
Feb 16, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 122 122 recommendations | email to a friend
February 2015 Queens NY Market Update  Home sales continued to decrease in January, significantly below last year, however, inventory ticked up slightly. In response to the low inventory levels and...
Ruby Tuesday Is Accused of Gender Discrimination Involving Men
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 158 158 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans It is common for the media to report on cases of gender discrimination where females did not receive equal pay or the same promotional opportunities as men. In contrast to t...
Stronger Mind, Happier You
Feb 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 191 191 recommendations | email to a friend
by Mary Murphy A lot of emphasis is put on the body when talking about working out—those washboard abs, defined calves, slimmed thighs--but sometimes we forget that the mind is part of the body, to...
Know and Follow the Regulations for Tip Pools
Feb 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 224 224 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans In the restaurant business and hospitality industry in general, employees who provide services, such as servers, hosting staff, bartenders and bus persons typically receive ...
Queens Home Team Awarded Top Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II for Most Units Sold in 2014!
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 286 286 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 | 1 1 comments | 295 295 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 | 275 275 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...

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Weiner criticism from an unlikely source
Ever since the first whispers (and revamped Twitter account!) that former congressman Anthony Weiner was considering throwing his hat in the ring (he will, however, be holding on to that towel he i...
May 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 107 107 recommendations | email to a friend
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Is cut-throat party politics dead?
It appears that going against the Queens Democratic Party doesn't carry with it the ramifications it once did. The party met on Monday morning to decide who it would endorse in some of the bigger r...
May 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 97 97 recommendations | email to a friend
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Is borough president the coolest job in the city?
In an article in Crain’s last week, some of the candidates for Queens borough president spoke about how they would like to sell Queens as a “cool” place, much the way Brooklyn has positioned itself...
May 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 97 97 recommendations | email to a friend
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A rap, a rap, a rappity-rap-rap!
Here’s that rap that Marty Mark dropped at the renaming of a playground for Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys. It’s based pretty heavily on the group’s “An Open Letter to NYC”: Brownstones, wate...
May 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
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Vallone sits in with the band
Apparently the oft-mocked post of borough president is now the job that all of the cool kids want, and if that is the only criteria for taking the job, we're not sure how much cooler it gets than h...
May 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
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Boobirds come out for Bloomberg
We guess Mayor Michael Bloomberg tired himself out marching in the Rockaways St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday. How else to explain why he didn't march in the St. Pat's for All Parade in Sunnysi...
Mar 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
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Political odds & ends from last week
• He's not even running for mayor, but that didn't stop New York State Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long from throwing a little praise Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr.'s way last week. Long met...
Feb 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mittman campaign not quite wrapped up
It was a Quixotic undertaking from the very beginning, but Robert Mittman probably never thought his bid for Congress last year would have lingering effects. Mittman surprised everyone when he came...
Feb 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
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Queens GOP rift could lead to BOE shake-up
It looks like the long-running rift in the Queens County Republican Party is starting to have implications citywide, most notably down at the Board of Elections. For those of you not familiar with ...
Feb 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
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Vallone in unfamiliar territory
Talk about taking it straight to your opponent's backyard. Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. is on a quest to become the next borough president of Queens, and has been the hardest-working man (or woman...
Feb 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
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It's all about the race at State of the Boro
We here at Pol Position know it would be downright rude for candidates to talk about their campaigns for Queens borough president just one week after Helen Marshall's final State of the Borough add...
Jan 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Divine Miss M(oney)
Now that the election season is in full swing, it's time for the candidates to open their hand and hope that you'll open your wallet and fork over some of your hard-earned cash to help fund their d...
Jan 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
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Holiday season bleeds into campaign season
With the holidays finally behind us – we know we can’t possibly stomach another one of our signature Night Train Express eggnog concoctions - the campaign season is officially underway. And a coupl...
Jan 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
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Vallone announces bid for Queens borough president
Well, it’s official. At the annual holiday party hosted by Vallone & Vallone law firm, Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. announced that he would be running for Queens borough president, ending months o...
Dec 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
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Squadron considering public advocate run
With the presidential election and a few exciting local races behind us, it’s time to turn our attention to next year’s citywide races, which are sure to feature some big names in New York City pol...
Dec 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
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Washington Capitals' Eric Fehr, right, begins to celebrate his goal as Columbus Blue Jackets' Scott Hartnell, left, skates past during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Alex Ovechkin added to his NHL-leading total with two goals Tuesday night, leading the charge in a 5-3 victory over the Blue Jackets, Columbus' seventh loss in a row.


2015-03-03 22:10:16 -0500

Congress needed to fund DHS by Friday or the agency would have run out of money, although in the event of a shutdown, most border personnel, airport screeners and Secret Service agents would remain on the job without payCongress finally gave the Department of Homeland Security its due, funding the crucial US agency after months of political wrangling that threatened to plunge it into shutdown. With the House voting 257 to 167 to approve finances for DHS through the end of the fiscal year September 30, the $39.7 billion bill -- passed last week by the Senate without controversial immigration riders attached -- headed to President Barack Obama for his signature. It marked a dramatic turn of events on Capitol Hill, where Republicans had sought to tie the funding with efforts to repeal Obama's immigration directives, which caused a political furor when he unveiled them over Republican objections in November. Obama's Democrats had insisted on keeping the two issues separate, and after several political clashes nearly turned the money spigot off for DHS, congressional leaders finally called a truce.


2015-03-03 21:57:49 -0500

FILE - In this June 23, 2011, file photo, CIA Director nominee Gen. David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Intelligence Committee during a hearing on his nomination. The Justice Department said Tuesday, March 3, 2015, that the former top Army general has agreed to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials. A statement from the agency says a plea agreement has been filed in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, N.C., the hometown of Paula Broadwell, the general’s biographer and former mistress. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose once-bright political future was all but destroyed over an affair with his biographer, has agreed to plead guilty to charges he shared classified material with her for her book.


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