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From "Lost Side Of Suburbia" to "Poptropica," An Exclusive Interview with Artist Kory Merritt
Dec 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena   Kory Merritt started cartooning and illustrating while attending SUNY Brockport. His weekly comic strip, Brockport Chronicled, won the John Locher Memorial Awa...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
Dec 2014 Queens NY Market Update  The pace of home sales continued to decrease in November and inventory continued to track below last year’s levels as well.  Sales are well below those seen in the...
NYC Employment Law — Pre-tax Transit Benefits
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 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 | 130 130 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 | 213 213 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 | 240 240 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 | 228 228 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 | 232 232 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 | 281 281 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 | 354 354 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...

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Your pol, working hard or hardly working?
Last week, we kind of poked fun at Councilman Mark Weprin of Queens for being the “celebrity” tour guide for a couple of British tourists who booked a Big Apple tour. We're sure when they heard tha...
Jan 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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Doherty, it turns out, is an easy grader
We think this whole flap about the response to last week's blizzard has put the normally mild-mannered Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty on the defensive. Rather than just take his lumps and cri...
Jan 06, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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A tour from Mark Weprin! Wait, Mark who?
It isn't exactly Jennifer Lopez, but some lucky tourists from the other side of the pond received a very special tour of Lower Manhattan from a “celebrity” guide recently. Lisa Oxborough and husban...
Jan 06, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Pol Position personalities of 2010
In the spirit of the season...oh, who are we kidding?...in the interest of taking a few extra days off over the holidays by not actually writing a real column, we here at Pol Position thought we wo...
Dec 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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The not-so-cheap seats
Those ended up being some expensive free Yankees tickets. It turns out Governor David Paterson would have saved a lot of money if he had just purchased five tickets to Game One of the 2009 World Se...
Dec 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Picture your name on a new law
Have you always had a great idea for a new law? Well, Assemblywoman Grace Meng wants to hear from you! Meng sent out a press release recently asking for the public's input on drafting new legislati...
Dec 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Retired, sort of
Hey, just because he's getting a pension doesn't mean Assemblyman Vito Lopez is ready to stop working. It was revealed recently that the Brooklyn pol is not only getting paid $92,000 a year to repr...
Dec 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Notes from Bulgaria
We get a lot of odd press releases in our inbox, but even we were a little confused by the numerous dispatches we have been receiving from Bulgaria courtesy of Councilman Dan Halloran's office over...
Dec 14, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pol puts his money where his mouth is
Move over Bloomberg, there's a new set of deep pockets in city government. By now you've probably heard that Michael Bloomberg refuses to take a salary for his services as mayor, paying himself jus...
Dec 07, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Biggest and Baddest of All Big Checks
We like big checks and we cannot lie. Longtime readers of Pol Position know that we here at the PP desk have an obsession with the ceremonial aspects of politicking. We never pass up a good groundb...
Nov 30, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Can you spare some change?
Do you remember Reshma Saujani? She was the candidate who challenged Carolyn Maloney in the Democratic primary last September, which turned out to be a bad idea because she got completely trounced....
Nov 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Forgot politics, Vallone's good at ping pong!
We've always been mighty impressed with Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. and his ascendancy to a star in the Queens political scene and the City Council. But truth be told, we always been much more im...
Nov 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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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
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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
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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
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BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber struck a funeral north of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 10 mourners, officials said.
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A worker repairs an electronic display board with figures indicating the US dollar to Russian ruble exchange rate outside a currency exchange office in St.Petersburg, Russia, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. The ruble has been the worst performing currency this year along with the Ukrainian hryvnia, having lost nearly half of its value against the dollar. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian currency extended its losses on Monday after a report showed the economy has started shrinking in annual terms for the first time since 2009 as the country is buffeted by falling oil prices and Western sanctions.


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Greece's Prime Minister Samaras reacts during the second of three rounds of a presidential vote at the Greek parliament in AthensATHENS (Reuters) - Greek lawmakers failed to elect a new president in a decisive final round of voting on Monday, leaving the country facing a snap election that could derail the international bailout program it needs to keep paying its bills. The only candidate in the race, former European Commissioner Stavros Dimas fell short of the 180 vote supermajority needed to become president. He garnered 168 votes, the same score he achieved in the second round of the vote. ...


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