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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 39 39 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 | 36 36 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 | 86 86 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 | 125 125 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 | 146 146 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 | 134 134 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 | 141 141 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 | 190 190 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 | 266 266 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...
Forest Hills Food Crawl
Nov 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 270 270 recommendations | email to a friend
The Chamber and All The Tastes of New York would love to invite you to our first Forest Hills Food Crawl, a culinary journey through Forest Hills happening this Wednesday, November 12th ! A Food Cr...

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Will he stay or will he go?
By the time you get around to reading this week's Pol Position, New York State might be without a governor. Again. Reports are swirling as we go to press that Governor David Paterson is not long fo...
Mar 02, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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There's just something extra special about this election
Just when you thought things couldn't get any stranger, things go and get just downright bizarre. No, goslings, we're not talking about the new season of Lost, we're talking about the special elect...
Feb 23, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Halloran v. Ackerman?
Could Congressman Gary Ackerman face a Republican challenger - perhaps a more formidable one than he has had to face in other elections – come this November? He will if the president of the Whitest...
Feb 23, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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That Paterson is one tough cookie
Things just keep getting worse for Governor David Paterson, and to his credit, Paterson just keeps getting surlier and surlier! Things have always been rocky for Paterson since he was thrust into t...
Feb 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kirsten is back in our lives
Kirsten, we thought you forgot about us! While Harold Ford, Jr. has been making the rounds in an attempt to make a name for himself should he decide to challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in a Dem...
Feb 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Will our Alex Keaton reference be lost on them all?
What the hell is going on in the Queens political scene?! First – seemingly out of nowhere – the Republican Party is able to get three – three! - members of the GOP elected to the City Council. In ...
Feb 09, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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What's in a name? A lot!
We've finally gotten over the fact that Jon Stewart completely and utterly ripped off our idea of skewering the political scene into a hilarious mixture of psuedo-facts and outrageous commentary, s...
Feb 09, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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All for a good "Kos"
Not afraid to admit when we are a) wrong, b) completely off the mark, and/or c) really screwing the pooch, we here at Pol Position feel compelled to set the record straight because we really droppe...
Feb 02, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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A severe case of 'member head'
A couple of years back, Pol Position got the rare chance to pick the brain of a political lobbyist who had strong ties to and worked closely with elected officials throughout the city, and therefor...
Jan 26, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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The XPols are proud
A little birdie - but not the one you see on Twitter - has told Pol Position that a group of aspiring and politically addicted city journos has come together to create a Political Fantasy league. T...
Jan 26, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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It's about the issues, but let's not talk about it
Ostensibly, any political race is supposed to be about the issues, but as is often the case, the issues get pushed to the back as attacks at an opponent's character, personal shortcomings, sexual t...
Jan 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thompson wastes no time
Whoa, slow your roll Billy! We here at Pol Position think that former comptroller William Thompson could use a tall glass of Drank to calm down just a bit. The words from Mayor Bloomberg's oath of ...
Jan 12, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Political Odds & Ends
We don't get it right very often here at Pol Position, so when we do you can certainly forgive us for calling as much attention as we possibly can to the rare accomplishment. A few weeks back, we t...
Jan 12, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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An in-your-face inauguration
Psst, he's sitting right behind you! The newly sworn public advocate and comptroller wasted no time in using their new posts to send the Bloomberg administration a message that they intend to take ...
Jan 05, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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A look back at 2009
We honestly don't know if we are ever going to recover from the year in politics that was aught-nine, but let's just recap some of the madness that took place over the last 365 days. The year 2008 ...
Dec 30, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2014 file-pool photo, Secretary of State, John Kerry meets with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Villa Taverna in Rome. Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it: Frustrated in his efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace. Facing a diplomatic showdown over Arab plans to force Israel from occupied Palestinian lands within three years, Kerry readied himself this week for a 72-hour trip to Jordan to craft a less explosive alternative. By Thursday, the crisis appeared to have been averted: Palestinian and Jordanian officials said they would not force their resolution to an immediate vote in the United Nations Security Council _ in part because the U.S. threatened to veto it. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File-Pool)WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it, frustrated in efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace.


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FILE - In this April 15, 1997 file photo, Air Force Lt. Jerome White stands at the door of his missile launch capsule 100-feet under ground where he and his partner are responsible for 10 nuclear-armed ICBM's, in north-central Colorado. Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years, repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps, the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep and wide. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years — repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps — the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep and wide.


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An 8-year-old boy - who suffers from HIV and was given the pseudonym Kunkun by Chinese media - sits on the doorstep of his home in a village in Xichong county, southwest Sichuan province, on December 18, 2014China's health ministry has promised to provide medical care and a living allowance for an eight-year-old HIV-positive boy targeted by villagers for expulsion, state media reported Monday, in a case that has drawn widespread condemnation. The health ministry has also pledged to conduct spot checks around China to uncover any other violations of anti-discrimination policies, the state-run paper reported. The provincial Communist Party committee is investigating reports of the petition to expel the boy, the Global Times newspaper, with close ties to the party, quoted an unnamed propaganda official as saying. The boy was left with his grandfather when both his parents quit the impoverished village to seek work and remains in his grandfather's care in the village for the present, the Beijing News indicated.


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