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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 35 35 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 | 31 31 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 | 80 80 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 | 113 113 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 | 135 135 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 | 123 123 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 | 131 131 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 | 177 177 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 | 251 251 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 | 262 262 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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Sandy adds twist to local race
As if voting in New York City isn’t already a mess on a normal election day – not withstanding when there is a presidential election – Hurricane Sandy is making things downright ridiculous. First, ...
Nov 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Inside the C-Stats
Another source of controversy in the race between Meng and Halloran is something that Halloran has been bringing up on the campaign trail and in debates over the past month: CouncilStat, or C-Stat ...
Oct 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Two polls, two different positions
We’re sure that right now you’re a lot more focused on cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy, but don’t forget that there’s a pretty big election less than one week away. Voters will go to the polls on...
Oct 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 52 52 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 | 44 44 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 | 48 48 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 | 54 54 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 | 50 50 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 | 47 47 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 | 42 42 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 | 43 43 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 | 46 46 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 | 51 51 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 | 48 48 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 | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Members of "The Cuban Five," from left, Fernando Gonzalez, Rene Gonzalez, Ramon Labanino, Antonio Guerrero and Gerardo Hernandez wave to members of the National Assembly at the end of the twice-annual legislative session in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Guerrero, Labanino, and Hernandez flew back to their homeland on Wednesday in a quiet exchange of imprisoned spies, part of a historic agreement to restore relations between the two long-hostile countries. Fernando and Rene had been previously released by the U.S. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)HAVANA (AP) — Three men who served long U.S. prison terms for spying received a standing ovation in Cuba's parliament Saturday, shaking their fists in victory as President Raul Castro declared that detente with Washington won't change the communist system he leads.


2014-12-20 13:46:10 -0500

Madonna she decided to put out her new songs immediately after in-studio versions of her tracks dripped onto the InternetThe six tracks show Madonna going further in a hip-hop direction and include a collaboration with leading female rapper Nicki Minaj. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift," Madonna said in a statement. Madonna earlier took a more livid tone on social media. Madonna deleted the message but in a series of further postings -- including one accompanied by a scantily clad photo of herself off the Internet that she said had not intended to release -- she asked for leads to figure out how her demos got out.


2014-12-20 13:44:06 -0500

This NASA photo obtained December 20, 2014, shows ISS Commander Butch Wilmore holding up a ratchet after removing it from a print trayThere may be no corner hardware store at the International Space Station, but that doesn't mean the astronauts can't get what they need. In a first, the space station crew was able to craft a new tool in space, using their specially designed Zero-G 3D printer and a design emailed from the ground. The tool, a ratchet, was designed by Made in Space, the California company that created the 3D printer on board the orbiting space lab. The 3D printer has been used on the space station before, but only for designs that were tested and loaded before it left Earth.


2014-12-20 13:41:54 -0500