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Are You an Independent or Joint Owner If You Own a Franchise Restaurant?
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 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 | 47 47 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 | 91 91 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 | 113 113 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 | 149 149 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 | 182 182 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 | 215 215 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 | 276 276 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 | 284 284 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 | 264 264 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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Hey, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!
At least that’s the attitude that former Mayor Ed Koch has adopted. On Monday, he formally endorsed Assemblywoman Grace Meng in her bid to replace outgoing congressman Gary Ackerman. Meng is being ...
Aug 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Restler gets some big-time support
Just what the hell is Lincoln Restler running for again? If you didn’t know any better, you would think it was for mayor or even borough president given how ardently he is campaigning for an unpaid...
Jul 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Malcom Smith for mayor?
Well, this is coming from out of left field. Apparently, Queens State Senator Malcolm Smith is considering tossing his hat into the 2013 race for mayor, meeting with consultants and political advis...
Jul 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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What’s in a tweet anyway?
At most we’re talking 140 characters, but sometimes a simple tweet can cause a lot of commotion. Take for example the case of an alert newshound around the office, who last week noticed an interest...
Jul 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Too grumpy to run for office?
Word came down last week from the Queens County Republican Party that they are backing Manny Caruana, a Maspeth activist, to run for the State Assembly seat in the 30th District against 14-year inc...
Jul 18, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Keeping it in the family
They say all politics is local, but what happens when it also becomes familial? If you follow local politics, by now you've probably heard about the heat that Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley took fo...
Jul 18, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Everybody was there...well, almost everybody
If you are anybody in the North Brooklyn community, then there was no way that you were missing the re-opening ceremony of the newly renovated McCarren Pool last week. Sure, the temperatures were i...
Jul 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jung burning the midnight oil
You have got to earn that district leader spot! Nobody can accuse S.J. Jung of not working to get on the ballot. A member of the Pol Position staff spotted Jung at about 9 p.m. on a Friday night ca...
Jul 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Queens GOP is running against itself
It looks like State Senator Joseph Addabbo won't be the only opponent Councilman Eric Ulrich has this year. Ulrich,a Republican, recently announced that he would be challenging Addabbo, a Democrat ...
May 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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On the cover of Rolling Stone...almost
And here we thought State Senator Daniel Squadron was just your average run-of-the-mill representative from Brooklyn who would be comfortable in his job forever, like so many incumbent state repres...
May 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dr. Who? A fresh face in the NY06 race
Well, now just who in the world is Dr. Robert Mittman? There's been a lot of attention lately focused on the race for New York's 6th Congressional District, the new seat carved out of Queens thanks...
May 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Three men, one we know is a Manes
It’s been a while since we went into our photo archives, pulled out a mystery picture and asked for our readers’ help in identifying the subjects. You can blame the sweet, soothing taste of Night T...
May 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Is this the end of the road for Monsey?
Well, he’ll probably have a lot of friends in there. Add former city councilman and state senator Hiram Monserrate to the list of New York City politicians who will be spending some time in the Big...
May 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Christine Quinn walks like an Egyptian*
Apparently it doesn’t take much for Speaker Christine Quinn to storm away from a press conference On Monday, at a living wage rally on the steps of City Hall while Quinn had the microphone, a perso...
May 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Pol Position mystery solved
It’s been a while since we ran this photo that we found in our archives, but we finally got the skinny on what was going on when it was taking straight from the source himself. The man on the left ...
May 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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An oil well is seen near DenverBy Christopher Johnson LONDON (Reuters) - Brent crude oil fell almost 2 percent toward $61 a barrel on Monday after Iran said a deal on its nuclear program could be agreed this week if the West lifted sanctions, which could boost the country's oil exports. Oil prices were also depressed by a stronger dollar and reports of a rise in Libyan crude output, traders said. Brent crude hit a low of $61.18 a barrel and was at $61.30 by 7.20 a.m. ET, down $1.28. "If there is the political will to accept that an agreement and sanctions cannot go together, then we can have an agreement this time," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in Geneva.


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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Monday, March 2, 2015 in Geneva. The meeting came amid continuing tensions over Ukraine and American calls for a full probe into the murder of a prominent opposition figure in Moscow. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, PoolGENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Monday with his Russian counterpart in what appeared to be less than amicable talks amid continuing tensions over Ukraine and American calls for a full probe into the murder of a prominent opposition figure in Moscow.


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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accused the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday of being obsessed by allegations of Israeli abuses and said the United States would defend Israel against efforts to isolate it. In a speech to the Council in Geneva, Kerry also exhorted the 47-member-state group to look into what he described as severe abuses in separatist-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine as well as in Crimea, annexed by Russia from Ukraine last year. For decades the government has subjugated its citizens, starving and torturing and incarcerating them or worse." Kerry offered a strong defense of Israel against what he called the council's unbalanced focus on the country. "It must be said that the HRC’s obsession with Israel actually risks undermining the credibility of the entire organization," Kerry said.
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