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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 | 13 13 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 | 14 14 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 | 12 12 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 | 24 24 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 | 53 53 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 | 54 54 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 | 63 63 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 | 70 70 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 | 81 81 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 | 131 131 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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An allt-too familiar sight recently
Last week, we ran this photo from our archives asking for any information about its history. Jeff Gottlieb, president of the Central Queens Historical Association, believes it was taken at the fune...
Jan 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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We guess 3 out of 5 isn't bad!
We dug up this photo from our archives and ran it last week, hoping that maybe some of our readers would be able to help us identify some of the folks in the shot. The person on the far right is, o...
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ladies & gentlemen, we present Irving Newman!
A long-standing mystery that has been plaguing Pol Position may have just been solved! We've been sitting on this picture from the archives for a long, long time, assuming that nobody would be able...
Dec 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Push to draft Vallone for mayor
It looks like former Astoria councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. still has some fans out there who would like to see him back in city politics. On Sunday, a Facebook page suddenly appeared looking to rec...
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Run, Bo, run!
We sure hope Bo Dietl makes good on his promise to run against Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017, not necessarily because he makes a solid candidate that can run this city, because he no doubt would be ...
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Can we just get this started already!
The already strange bribery case to get State Senator Malcolm Smith on the ballot in the Republican Primary for mayor that also snared former Queens GOP vice chairman Vince Tabone and former counci...
Dec 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Working together, but on what?
We here at Pol Position, perhaps feeling a little sluggish from all of that holiday cheer over the past few days, dug back into our archives to come up with this gem of a shot. There's quite a few ...
Dec 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dems battle it out on the court for charity
Time to put some young whipper-snappers in their places! The Queens County Young Democrats challenged some borough elected officials to a charity basketball game at Resurrection-Ascension Church in...
Nov 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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A meeting of the minds at borough hall
We didn't receive nearly as many responses to this week's request to help us identify the people in the mystery photo from our archives, but we did get a few responses from people whose history in ...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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A little too close for comfort
With several statewide races and all of the talk of the huge Republican gains across the state and country last Tuesday night, a race in south Queens that was closer than we could have predicted is...
Nov 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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A dying beast or a rising giant?
Depends on who you ask
Oct 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Some things never change
We guess this week's political throwback photo was a little tougher than usual, because we sure didn't get very many responses. But we have a confession to make goslings. Over 99 percent of the tim...
Oct 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mayor has got to show Noerdlinger the door
It doesn’t look like this whole Rachel Noerdlinger affair is going to go away anytime soon for the mayor. We’re not really sure why the mayor’s wife needs a chief of staff – or a staff at all, for ...
Oct 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another throwback photo
Everyone seems to be having so much fun with our own version of Throwback Thursday and these unidentified photos from deep in the paper’s archives, that we thought we would pull another one out for...
Oct 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mystery pols - a few NYC political facts - revelaed
Once again our readers came through in helping us identify the folks from New York City politics past in a photo we found in our archives. And we're pretty sure they got it right this time, because...
Oct 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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A pumpjack brings oil to the surface in the Monterey ShaleBy Barani Krishnan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices roared back from six-year lows on Friday, rocketing more than 8 percent as a record weekly decline in U.S. oil drilling fueled a frenzy of short-covering. In a rally that may spur speculation that a seven-month price collapse has ended, global benchmark Brent crude shot up to more than $53 per barrel, its highest in more than three weeks in its biggest one-day gain since 2009. The late-session surge was primed by Baker Hughes data showing the number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States fell by 94 - or 7 percent - this week.


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Rep. Nancy Pelosi, left, D-Calif., the leader of the House Democrats, and Mayor of Philadelphia Michael Nutter, right, applaud as President Barack Obama addresses House Democrats, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/The Philadelphia Inquirer, Tom Gralish, Pool)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is still peeved over Republicans' decision to ask the leader of Israel — an archenemy of Iran — to address Congress in March right in the middle of delicate negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program.


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People gather at the scene of bomb attack in BaghdadBy Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants struck at Kurdish forces southwest of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, while bombs in Kirkuk, Baghdad, Samarra and Ramadi killed at least 27 people. The Sunni Islamists have often battled Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite militias further south and west, but attacks in and around Kurdish-controlled Kirkuk have been less frequent. Kurdish military sources said the peshmerga had repelled dawn attacks by Islamic State at different points along a more than 1,000 km frontline, including Khazer, west of Arbil, and Makhmur, further south. "Maybe they are afraid the fight for Mosul has started so they are trying to show they can operate close to Arbil or Kirkuk," Roj Nuri Shaways, Iraq's deputy prime minister and a peshmerga commander, told Reuters.


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