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Queens Home Team Awarded Top Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II for Most Units Sold in 2014!
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 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 | 27 27 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 | 25 25 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 | 34 34 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 | 59 59 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 | 61 61 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 | 70 70 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 | 79 79 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 | 89 89 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 | 143 143 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...

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Wake up mayor! You need to sign some bills!
Man oh man, former Mayor Ed Koch looks like us at our desk after a three-day holiday weekend spent kicking back with a case or two of Night-Train Express Wine Coolers, staying out a little too late...
Oct 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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City Council gets better of mayor in softball game
The goodwill between the mayor's office and the City Council that has characterized the de Blasio administration was put aside last week for a softball showdown at MCU Park in Coney Island. On this...
Sep 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Play ball! City gov't heads to the diamond
Well, it looks like the feel-good, hand-holding Kumbaya atmosphere down at City Hall since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office and his comrade-in-arms Melissa Mark-Viverito was voted in as speaker of ...
Sep 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pol in hot water over Uganda remarks
What happens in Uganda doesn't always stay in Uganda. Especially if you record it and throw the video up on the Internet. Councilman Fernando Cabrera was recently in the African country on a humani...
Sep 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mystery pols identified
Recently, we here at the Pol Position desk were digging around in the old photos scattered around our basement office and came across this snapshot. This photo was a little before our appearance on...
Sep 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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So come on and take a free ride (free ride)
We guess it's safe to say that our current mayor isn't above taking the occasional handout from time to time. Sure, when he first took office he pretended that he was going to be just the regular o...
Aug 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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The plot to take over southeast Queens
Well this should make things even more interesting when State Senator Malcolm Smith returns to court again in January. Smith got into hot water with the feds after he was busted in an undercover st...
Aug 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Smith not throwing in the towel
If a pending court case on corruption charges and a possible lengthy jail sentence aren't enough to persuade State Senator Malcolm Smith to drop his re-election bid for State Senate, then were not ...
Aug 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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We've got a governor's race here!
It may not feel like it, but there's a race for governor going on here in New York State. Sure, right now it may seem like there is no way Governor Andrew Cuomo is going to lose his seat and not ge...
Jul 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Liu padding his war chest
If elections are all about raising money, then John Liu has got this one in the bag. We've all heard stories about Liu's uncanny knack for raising prodigious amounts of money for his campaigns, but...
Jul 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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A tale of two rallies
What's the best way to upstage a protest before a contentious land use hearing on a development project? Get there first and have one of your own! We don't know if that was the intention outside of...
Jul 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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We hear the trains run on time in Italy
Talk about bad timing! Remember that time the city got sacked by a huge blizzard a few years back and the streets never got plowed and it was a huge headache, especially for outer borough residents...
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Deal isn't cooling down one race
The new agreement brokered by Governor Andrew Cuomo to bring the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) back into the Democratic fold in the State Senate may have eased tensions in Alban...
Jul 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Simon v. Sikora a hot ticket?
Speaking of hotly contested races, there's a big one brewing in Brooklyn for the state Assembly. Assemblywoman Joan Millman announced recently that she would be stepping down from her post, leaving...
Jul 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Putting the 'Democrat' back in IDC
The revolution is over! (Sort of.) That breakaway group of five state senators known as the Independent Democratic Conference announced last week that after the November elections, they would end t...
Jun 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2014 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie walks off the dais after an event to sign a higher education agreement between New Jersey and Mexico, at the Secretariat of Public Education in Mexico City. On Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, Christie is scheduled to arrive in the United Kingdom on his third recent foreign trip. His itinerary includes meetings with Prime Minister David Cameron, an Arsenal soccer match, a performance of Henry V and a visit to Cambridge. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — As he considers a White House run, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's third trip abroad in recent months provides an opportunity to build his foreign policy resume and test whether he has the temperament for the world stage.


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A man walks past closed businesses in central Athens on January 29, 2015Greece's anti-austerity government was to begin a European charm offensive Sunday aimed at building consensus on renegotiating its 240-billion-euro ($270 billion) bailout, even as Germany insisted it would not support any debt relief. Just hours before Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis headed to Paris to seek support for a renegotiation of the bailout, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he believed a deal could be reached with the EU and IMF. Varoufakis has talks scheduled with French Finance Minister Michel Sapin and Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron on Sunday, before heading to London and Rome. Sapin has already said the EU should be open to discussions with the new Greek government on restructuring its debt or extending the bailout terms.


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FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 file photo, a protester holding a photo of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto who was taken hostage by the Islamic State group appeals to the government to save Goto during a rally in front of the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo. Whether in tsunami-stricken northeastern Japan or conflict-ridden Sierra Leone, it was the story of the vulnerable, the children and the poor that drove the work of Goto. The news of his killing in a video purportedly by Islamic State militants sent Japan into shock and mourning Sunday, Feb. 1, days after his plight as a hostage in Syria united many people in praying for his release. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)TOKYO (AP) — Whether in tsunami-stricken northeastern Japan or conflict-ridden Sierra Leone, it was the story of the vulnerable, the children and the poor that drove the work of journalist Kenji Goto.


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