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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 | 18 18 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 | 19 19 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 | 19 19 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 | 29 29 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 | 56 56 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 | 58 58 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 | 67 67 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 | 75 75 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 | 85 85 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 | 138 138 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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Time for the speaker to pay up
To the victors go the spoils! That was never more true than last week in the City Council, when committee posts were announced. Chairing a powerful committee comes not only with influence, but a ni...
Jan 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ex-pol finds it hard to leave la vida ‘Liu’-ca
It appears John Liu is having a hard time giving up the busy public schedule he had while he was in public office. Liu was known for keeping up an insane schedule of public appearances, often begin...
Jan 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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So long, it’s been good to...know you?
Former chief of staff Alexandra Rosa was the only veteran of Queens Borough Hall to exit with the departure of Helen Marshall and the entrance of new borough president Melinda Katz. Dan Andrews, wh...
Jan 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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Working hard or hardly working?
On Thursday afternoon, the new First Lady of NYC, Chirlane McCray, tweeted out a photo of a shovel and said she knew what son Dante was going to be doing if there was no school on Friday. But then ...
Jan 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
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Legislative Acts
Queens elected officials past and present took to the stage at Queens College this past Saturday night for the annual Legislative Acts, a variety show-style set of performances. It's quite possibly...
Nov 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Queens vs. Bronx in political pigskin
We love when our elected officials duke it out. We like it even better when they do it on the football field! Queens and Bronx elected officials took to the gridiron last weekend in the first ever ...
Oct 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
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Graziano endorses Vallone opponent
Paul Vallone certainly didn't make many friends among his fellow candidates in the Democratic Primary for the 19th Council District in northeast Queens, but he was willing to try. “We look forward ...
Oct 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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Queens deserves a beep with 100 percent focus
The candidates for Queens borough president are fighting over one percent. Not one percent of the vote, mind you, but the “one percent” that members of Occupy Wall Street were so concerned about. M...
Oct 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sandinistas, Goldwater...is this the 2013 race for mayor?
The race for New York City mayor is starting to take on some pretty lofty political agendas beyond whether so-and-so supported extending term limits or not. Republican candidate Joe Lhota has been ...
Oct 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
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Support is better late than never
This had to be a tough decision for the Queens County Democratic Party! On the steps of Borough Hall Monday, party leaders announced that Queens Democrats would officially be supporting in the upco...
Sep 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thompson: the runoff is off
So the 2013 primaries came and went and the winners were...well, in some cases we still don't know yet a week later. In the end, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio will be the Democratic nominee for ma...
Sep 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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What Avella's departure means for the Queens BP race
Who would have thought when the campaign to replace Helen Marshall as Queens borough president initially got underway that we would be left with a head-to-head race between just two candidates? If ...
Aug 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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A new low in latest Siena college poll
Ladies and gentleman, we have a new record! And it is a dubious one at that. According to a new Siena College poll released last week, 80 percent of voters view Anthony Weiner in an unfavorable lig...
Aug 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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Liu’s funds, Weiner’s run & Lopez’s pic
Man, what a week in politics! We don’t even know where to begin, so we’re just going to touch on some of the highlights. Probably the biggest news of the week, or at least the most recent, is that ...
Aug 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Convenient timing for Bloomberg?
There is an interesting fight shaping up in the City Council over Mayor Bloomberg’s recent veto of the Community Safety Act, a piece of legislation aimed at the Police Department’s controversial st...
Jul 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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New Italian President Sergio Mattarella, left, poses for photographers with Lower Chamber president Laura Boldrini, right at the Constitutional court building near the Quirinal Palace, the official residence of the President of the Italian Republic, in Rome, Jan. 31, 2015. Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, as the nation's new president on the third day of voting Saturday. Mattarella's election as head of state was clinched when he amassed 505 votes — a simple majority. The 73-year-old former minister with center-left political roots went on to garner 665 votes from the 1,009 eligible electors. Known as a man of few words, Mattarella cemented that reputation with his first remarks to the nation. "My thoughts go, above all, to the difficulties and hopes of our fellow citizens. That's enough, he said, referring to the grim economic situation. Italy is mired in recession and unemployment has hovered about 13 percent nationally. Young Italians are increasingly seeking work abroad. (AP Photo/Ettore Ferrari, Ansa) ITALY OUTROME (AP) — Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, as the nation's new president on the third day of voting Saturday.


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By Kole Casule SKOPJE (Reuters) - Macedonia's chief opposition leader was charged by police on Saturday with conspiring with a foreign intelligence service to topple the government. Zoran Zaev, leader of the Social Democrats, denied the charges, saying authorities were trying in vain to prevent the publication of what he says is incendiary evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the conservative government of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. Gruevski, in power since mid-2006, accused Zaev of trying to blackmail him to call a snap election during face-to-face talks in September and November, saying Zaev claimed he had gathered intelligence against the government with the help of a foreign spy service. "I watched and listened to the head of the opposition ... informing me that he is collaborating with a foreign intelligence service," Gruevski said.
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In this photo provided by NASA the mobile service tower is rolled back to reveal the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket with the Soil Moisture Active Passive observatory onboard, at the Space Launch Complex 2, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The rocket is scheduled to launch early Saturday morning. (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls)VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A NASA satellite lifted off early Saturday on a three-year mission to track the amount of water locked in soil, which may help residents in low-lying regions brace for floods or farmers prepare for drought conditions.


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