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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 38 38 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 | 34 34 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 | 84 84 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 | 116 116 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 | 138 138 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 | 126 126 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 | 134 134 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 | 181 181 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 | 255 255 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 | 264 264 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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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 | 42 42 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 | 47 47 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 | 49 49 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 | 54 54 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 | 49 49 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 | 46 46 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 | 46 46 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 | 53 53 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 | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Restler and Levin can't seem to agree
It looks like there may be challenges all over the place in next year’s elections in North Brooklyn. According to a report in City & State this week, District Leader Lincoln Restler reached out to ...
Apr 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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'Race' doesn't play an issue in school closings
Closing highs schools sure does make for some strange bedfellows. The race for the newly created 6th Congressional District in Queens has been hot from the start, but last week things took a weird ...
Apr 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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The plot thickens in NY06 race
Is there sabotage and subterfuge at play in the hotly contested race to represent New York's 6th Congressional District? One candidate says unequivocally yes! The already crowded Democratic primary...
Apr 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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April Fool's Day in our inbox
Oh goslings, there was a time when we here at Pol Position were all about the April Fool’s Day pranks, printing ridiculous statements shrouded as fact in an attempt to trick our readers into believ...
Apr 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Iraqi Kurdish forces gather on the roof of their makeshift base, as they look upon areas held by Islamic State militants outside of Mosul, less than 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the newly liberated village of Kasr Reej, Iraq, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Sporadic clashes between Iraqi Kurdish fighters and Islamic State extremists, as well as other logistics problems, are delaying the evacuation of the last Yazidis still trapped on Sinjar mountain, an Iraqi lawmaker said Friday. (AP Photo/Zana Ahmed)SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish fighters, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, pushed their way Sunday into the town of Sinjar, captured by the Islamic State militants last summer.


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A worker leaves the factory for one of the final shifts at the Ford assembly plant in GenkBy Robin Emmott and Robert-Jan Bartunek GENK, Belgium (Reuters) - In the heart of western Europe, the Belgian-Dutch-German rust belt has been dealt another blow. Two car plants closed this month as companies sought cheaper labor elsewhere, the final chapter of a manufacturing boom that began when coal mines fuelling Europe's industrialization shut in the 1960s. The final production day at Ford Motor Co’s plant in the eastern Belgian city of Genk came barely two weeks after General Motors closed its Opel Bochum factory across the border in Germany, both part of automakers' strategy to adapt to falling sales following the euro zone crisis. "I worked at Ford Genk for almost 40 years, I've never applied for another job in all my life," said Pierre Boonen, 57, after one of his last shifts at the plant that generated work directly or indirectly for around 10,000 people.


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A man walks past election posters of presidential candidates in TunisBy Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisians voted on Sunday in a presidential run-off election that completes the country's transition to full democracy nearly four years after an uprising which ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. With a new progressive constitution and a full parliament elected in October, Tunisia is hailed as an example of democratic change for a region still struggling with the aftermath of the 2011 Arab Spring revolts. ...


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