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This Month in Queens Real Estate: AUG 2014
Aug 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
  August 2014 Queens NY Market Update  In July, home sales dropped slightly from June when we saw a slight jump in sales. The increase in sales pace in June & July led to another substantial increa...
If you’re loyal to your insurance carrier it will cost you
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 125 125 recommendations | email to a friend
by Steven Palermo | Aug 1, 2014 | insurance company rates , PTB Blog Most successful businesses know how to treat their faithful customers.  A good restaurant owner will treat regulars with a compl...
U.S. Supreme Court Rules Inherited IRAs are Not Protected from Creditors
Jul 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 171 171 recommendations | email to a friend
On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court—in a unanimous decision—ruled that Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) inherited by anyone other than a spouse are not retirement funds and therefore are ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: JULY 2014
Jul 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 206 206 recommendations | email to a friend
June 2014 Queens NY Market Update    The pace of home sales rose sharply in June but was still below the pace of sales in June 2013. Prices posted moderate gains in June as well, remaining on pace ...
Estate Planning Basics for Newlyweds – How to Get Prepared for the Unexpected
Jul 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 220 220 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s that time of year – the time for beautiful weddings, fun receptions, delicious cakes, special gifts, and romantic honeymoons. While this is a joyous time for everyone, it’s also time for you a...
The Annual Pay Notice Requirement of the New York Wage Theft Prevention Act Could Be Close to Ending
Jul 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 227 227 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans After the Wage Theft Prevention Act went into effect, restaurant owners and other types of business owners became burdened with paperwork as they complied with annual requir...
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Bring Pen & Paper for this great opportunity to learn about:  * Job search, Employment Training, Networking Skills & How Every Dollar Counts . **Snacks & Beverages provided.** WHEN : Wednesday June...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: JUNE 2014
Jun 19, 2014 | 3 3 comments | 510 510 recommendations | email to a friend
June 2014 Queens NY Market Update The pace of home sales rose in May after a slow start in the beginning of 2014. Inventory increased slightly again in May, meaning buyers should have a bit more ch...
Book Expo America 2014 Part 1: The Italian presence…
Jun 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 545 545 recommendations | email to a friend
  Originally Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena for L'Idea Magazine   Book Expo America 2014 has brought a wave of foreign authors, either in the original language or in translation, and among the...
Book Expo America 2014 Part 2: The Authors Speak…
Jun 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 518 518 recommendations | email to a friend
Originally Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena  for L'Idea Magazine   Javits Center was the center of attention for all American book lovers for four days at the end of May, with a series of events...

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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 | 0 0 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 | 2 2 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 | 5 5 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 | 5 5 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 | 5 5 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 | 7 7 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 | 6 6 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 | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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We think everyone deserves a round of applause
Just under the wire last week, the State Senate was able to pass a bill to make reforms to the Queens Library that would open up the books and make the Board of Trustees more accountable. But that'...
Jun 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Did he have to dis the dog?
We're not sure how we overlooked this here at Pol Position, but there was a friendly wager between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti over the Stanley Cup matchup between the ...
Jun 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Aren't you forgetting someone?
Surely they just simply forgot to invite him, right? Last week, a trio of Flushing elected officials – State Senator Toby Stavisky, Assemblyman Ron Kim and Councilman Peter Koo – held a closed-door...
Jun 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Avella-Liu race could be good for...Republicans?
We've been so preoccupied with the impending Democratic Primary for a northeast Queens State Senate seat pitting political heavyweights Tony Avella and John Liu against each other that we have fail...
Jun 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Two Political Futures - Maybe Three - At Stake
If you have even a passing interest in New York City or Queens politics, you've no doubt heard by now that there is a major political throw down about to happen in northeast Queens. Or as some are ...
May 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Liu v. Avella race a reality
Well, it's now official. The hottest and most contested race in Queens this election season is going to be for a state senate seat in northeast Queens, where former councilman and city comptroller ...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Friendly wager
Last week, we wrote about a bet between Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams on the NBA playoff series between the Raptors and the Nets, and the issue of making sure the...
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks with media and supporters at the Blackwell Thurman Criminal Justice Center after he was booked, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Perry was indicted last week on charges of coercion and official oppression for publicly promising to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit run. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry is pressing forward after a criminal indictment with a smiling mug shot and an ice cream run.


2014-08-20 01:45:48 -0400

Standard Chartered billboards hang above a bank branch in Hong Kong on August 6, 2014New York state's banking regulator hit Standard Chartered Bank with a $300 million fine and restrictions on its dollar-clearing business for not detecting possible money laundering. The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) said the British bank's internal compliance systems had failed to detect or act on a large number of "potentially high-risk transactions" mostly originating from Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates. The new punishment came two years after the bank paid US regulators $667 million to settle charges it violated US sanctions by handling thousands of money transactions involving Iran, Myanmar, Libya and Sudan. A DFS monitor appointed in 2012 to keep an eye on the bank discovered that it had not detected the allegedly high-risk transactions from Hong Kong and the UAE or reported them as it should have, the department said.


2014-08-20 01:42:29 -0400

A wounded Palestinian girl receives treatment at the emergency room of the Shifa hospital following Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Israel resumed its campaign of airstrikes in Gaza on Tuesday in response to a barrage of Palestinian rocket fire that shattered a truce. The sudden burst of fighting has threatened to derail an Egyptian effort to end a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian militants are firing rockets from Gaza and Israel is launching airstrikes following the end of a cease-fire and the collapse of talks aimed at a lasting truce.


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