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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 | 31 31 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 | 34 34 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 | 30 30 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?
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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 | 62 62 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 | 65 65 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 | 73 73 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 | 84 84 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 | 93 93 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 | 147 147 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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Turner already moving on to bigger things?
Say it ain't so, Bobby-O! According to a press release from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Bob Turner, who was just elected to Congress a few months ago as Anthony Weiner's replac...
Dec 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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A good old-fashioned sing-a-long
Man, we never get invited to the good parties! Thanks to our morning email update from City & State First Read, we just found out that Pol Position missed out on a Congressman Joseph Crowley annual...
Dec 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Romney, Gingrich court Queens Republicans
Could the rift in the Queens County Republican Party be having ramifications at the national level? Probably not, but there were a couple of interesting news tidbits involving Queens County Republi...
Dec 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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One night, many, many years ago, a well-known New York City political reporter agreed to sit down with Pol Position and discuss local politics over a few bottles of Night Train Express Wine Coolers...
Nov 30, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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Surprise! Marty shows up in Queens
For us here at Pol Position, Marty Markowitz is the only Brooklyn borough president we've ever known, so we don't really know how previous presidents of Kings County compare to Marty Mark's tireles...
Nov 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another who's-who from the photo archives
We decided this week to dive back into our vault of old photos and see if some of our readers can't help us make sense of them. Here's one we came across of a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and at front ...
Nov 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jeffries testing the congressional waters
Could a political neophyte – relatively speaking, of course, in the world of New York City politics – be getting ready to upset the proverbial apple cart in central Brooklyn? While he won't come ou...
Oct 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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Should Queens GOP go in a different direction?
Why does it have to be either or, why can't it just be someone entirely new? Like we noted last week, the Queens County Republican Party is once again fighting amongst itself for control of the par...
Oct 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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For Queens GOP, it's North vs. South
Two is always better than one, right? Well, if you're a member of the Queens County Republican Party, let's hope that's the case. Yes, the dysfunctional Queen County Republican Party, which despite...
Oct 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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GOP operative gets his day in court
John Haggerty and brother Bart have been active in the continuing battle for control of the Queens County Republican party since what feels like the Nixon administration. 
But this week John, who h...
Sep 13, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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The debate rages on...or does it?
We don’t want to get anyone in trouble – but one of our Pol Position operatives (okay, unpaid high school intern) had a close eye on this paper's Maspeth office last Monday night after dark at the ...
Sep 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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Was there an endorsement in there?
Talk about the lingering effects of Hurricane Irene! Assemblyman and congressional candidate David Weprin bowed out of a scheduled debate against opponent Bob Turner in Queens on Monday night, with...
Aug 31, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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GOP shakeup on the horizon?
Let the jockeying for control of the Queens County Republican Party officially begin. Or rather, perhaps we should say officially “heat up” for this election season, because the jockeying has been ...
Aug 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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In some ways, we're just like Ed Koch
Well, the Democrats have settled on Assemblyman David Weprin - or at least the party bigs have decided on Weprin, the voters don't really get a choice - as their candidate to run in the September 1...
Jul 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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Oh, how those politicians live it up...all over the place!
Before we start, keep in mind that Pol Position works in a dingy, dark basement office where the few files that we actually keep are in water-logged cardboard boxes stored on top a piece of plywood...
Jul 13, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pro-Russian separatists ride on a tank in Donetsk, eastern UkraineBy Natalia Zinets and Aleksandar Vasovic KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Thirteen Ukrainian soldiers and 10 civilians have been killed in the past 24 hours in the country's separatist-minded east, Kiev authorities said, after the collapse of peace talks dimmed hopes of a near-term ceasefire. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which took part in the talks in Minsk, Belarus, along with envoys from Ukraine and Russia, said rebel delegates had not been ready to discuss key points of a peace plan, including enforcement of a ceasefire, and sought to redraw a blueprint agreed last September. The terms of that 12-point protocol have been repeatedly violated, but Kiev and the international community see it as the only viable roadmap to end the nine-month-long conflict in which over 5,000 people have been killed. In eastern Ukraine, the Kiev military reported no let-up in rebel attacks on government positions.


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In this photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, villagers sit on the back of a small truck as they and others flee the recent violence near the city of Maiduguri, Nigeria. Islamic extremists are rampaging through villages in northeast Nigeria’s Adamawa state, killing, burning and looting with no troops deployed to protect civilians, fleeing villagers said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian troops Sunday repelled Islamic extremists who attacked from four fronts on Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeast Nigeria, with several civilians killed by aerial bombs and grenades and mortar shells on the ground.


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FILE - In this file photo taken March 11, 2007, Zahi Hawass, Egypt's former top antiquities official, poses in front of the ancient Sphinx in Giza, Egypt. Egypt’s best-known archaeologist is a passionate showman with an explorer’s fedora who joined the last, doomed Cabinet of President Hosni Mubarak, then resigned in a swirl of corruption allegations after the 2011 revolution ousted his patron. Admired or reviled, he is once again a frontman for Egypt, exhorting international audiences to see the heritage of a country where unrest has hit tourism hard. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)KRUGERSDORP, South Africa (AP) — Egypt's best-known archaeologist is a passionate showman with an explorer's fedora who joined the last, doomed Cabinet of President Hosni Mubarak, then resigned in a swirl of corruption allegations after the 2011 revolution ousted his patron. Admired or reviled, he is once again a frontman for Egypt, exhorting international audiences to see the heritage of a country where unrest has hit tourism hard.


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