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This Month in Queens Real Estate: AUG 2014
Aug 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
  August 2014 Queens NY Market Update  In July, home sales dropped slightly from June when we saw a slight jump in sales. The increase in sales pace in June & July led to another substantial increa...
If you’re loyal to your insurance carrier it will cost you
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 126 126 recommendations | email to a friend
by Steven Palermo | Aug 1, 2014 | insurance company rates , PTB Blog Most successful businesses know how to treat their faithful customers.  A good restaurant owner will treat regulars with a compl...
U.S. Supreme Court Rules Inherited IRAs are Not Protected from Creditors
Jul 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 173 173 recommendations | email to a friend
On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court—in a unanimous decision—ruled that Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) inherited by anyone other than a spouse are not retirement funds and therefore are ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: JULY 2014
Jul 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 208 208 recommendations | email to a friend
June 2014 Queens NY Market Update    The pace of home sales rose sharply in June but was still below the pace of sales in June 2013. Prices posted moderate gains in June as well, remaining on pace ...
Estate Planning Basics for Newlyweds – How to Get Prepared for the Unexpected
Jul 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 222 222 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s that time of year – the time for beautiful weddings, fun receptions, delicious cakes, special gifts, and romantic honeymoons. While this is a joyous time for everyone, it’s also time for you a...
The Annual Pay Notice Requirement of the New York Wage Theft Prevention Act Could Be Close to Ending
Jul 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 229 229 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans After the Wage Theft Prevention Act went into effect, restaurant owners and other types of business owners became burdened with paperwork as they complied with annual requir...
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Jun 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 480 480 recommendations | email to a friend
Bring Pen & Paper for this great opportunity to learn about:  * Job search, Employment Training, Networking Skills & How Every Dollar Counts . **Snacks & Beverages provided.** WHEN : Wednesday June...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: JUNE 2014
Jun 19, 2014 | 3 3 comments | 512 512 recommendations | email to a friend
June 2014 Queens NY Market Update The pace of home sales rose in May after a slow start in the beginning of 2014. Inventory increased slightly again in May, meaning buyers should have a bit more ch...
Book Expo America 2014 Part 1: The Italian presence…
Jun 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 546 546 recommendations | email to a friend
  Originally Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena for L'Idea Magazine   Book Expo America 2014 has brought a wave of foreign authors, either in the original language or in translation, and among the...
Book Expo America 2014 Part 2: The Authors Speak…
Jun 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 519 519 recommendations | email to a friend
Originally Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena  for L'Idea Magazine   Javits Center was the center of attention for all American book lovers for four days at the end of May, with a series of events...

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Halloran gets an endorsement of his own
Last week, we told you how Councilman Dan Halloran lashed out at mayor Michael Bloomberg for endorsing Assemblywoman Grace Meng in their race to replace Gary Ackerman in Congress. The mayor’s endor...
Oct 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Who needs your endorsement anyway?
While all of you are probably all wrapped up in the national debates between Romney and Obama and Biden and Ryan surrounding this year’s presidential election, you might be overlooking some races h...
Oct 18, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brooklyn Pols Compare Patties
You could call it Iron Chef Brooklyn. For as much as we can tell, Councilman Brad Lander and State Senator Daniel Squadron, whose districts overlap in Brooklyn, are on friendly working terms when i...
Oct 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pol Position's primary wrap
Well, the primary election is finally in the books, and we hope you all made it out to vote on Thursday. That’s right, we said Thursday. As if this year wasn’t crazy enough with elections, what wit...
Sep 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Has the fallout begun?
A candidate in the crowded Democratic Primary to replace Grace Meng in the Assembly recently stopped by our offices and told us something interesting. The candidate said that it was getting harder ...
Sep 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Don’t talk about Bob Dole like that!
By the time you finally get around to reading this, it’s likely that the Democratic and Republican primaries will have already come to an end. This was a lively roster of candidates and races this ...
Sep 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Who doesn’t like a good party?
State Senator Malcolm Smith sure is being tight-lipped about all of this sneaking around he is doing with New York City Republicans and the speculation that he might be running on the GOP line come...
Aug 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Don’t call it a retirement!
We here at Pol Position were hosting our usual Thursday evening “Get to Know Ya” Night Train Express-tini office cocktail party in our basement office, when lo and behold a fresh-faced newshound wh...
Aug 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 28 28 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 | 33 33 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 | 31 31 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 | 29 29 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 | 25 25 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 | 28 28 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 | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Singer Jennifer Hudson performs on NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Aniston, Jon Hamm, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon and Kiefer Sutherland want to connect with you about cancer.


2014-08-20 05:33:20 -0400

China has fined 10 Japanese auto parts firms more than $200 million for price-fixing, authorities say, in what state media says is the biggest-ever penalty for violating the anti-monopoly lawChina has fined 10 Japanese auto parts firms more than $200 million in total for price-fixing, authorities said Wednesday, reportedly the biggest-ever such penalties, in the latest step of the country's anti-monopoly drive. The auto parts companies were found to have implemented monopoly pricing agreements for more than 10 years, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) regulator said in a statement. It fined them a total of 1.24 billion yuan ($201 million), in what state broadcaster CCTV said was the biggest fine China had imposed since its anti-monopoly law took effect in 2008. "The companies... unlawfully affected prices of auto parts, finished vehicles and bearings in China and harmed the interests of downstream manufacturers and consumers," the NDRC statement said.


2014-08-20 05:28:52 -0400

A demonstrator displays a sign during a protest in Ferguson, Missouri on August 18, 2014Police shot dead a knife-wielding man Tuesday near the U.S. town roiled by 10 days of protests over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager, threatening to further ratchet up tensions. It came as the attorney for the family of Michael Brown, who was shot dead by police in Ferguson on August 9, said that the 18-year-old college student's funeral would be held on Monday. Civic leaders in Ferguson, in Missouri, had called for "night-time quiet and reconciliation" after another night of protests and violence in the majority black town. The world's media descended on the street, dozens of reporters having been in nearby Ferguson covering the ongoing unrest that has cast an unfavorable light on the United States' racial divide, as well as law-enforcement tactics.


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