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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 | 28 28 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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All aboard!
Dear Editor: Let's all get on board to May 11 for National Amtrak Day. Why not ask our elected officials to support a dedicated capital revenue stream that could include allocating a penny per gall...
May 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
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Principal lacks principles
Dear Editor: A Bronx principal named Jennifer Joynt gave Iraq Marine veteran Christopher Moll, who is a special-education teacher at a Throggs Neck middle school, an unsatisfactory rating due to ab...
May 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fair contract
Dear Editor: Congratulations to UFT President Michael Mulgrew, Chancellor Carmen Farina,and Mayor Bill de Blasio, as well as their negotiating teams, for finally hammering out a fair, viable and eq...
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No middle room
Dear Editor: Congratulations to the uber-wealthy Kochs, Edelsons, et al, in managing to degrade our once wealthiest middle class to second place, conceding the title to Canada, that "Socialist" cou...
May 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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What about Pride?
Dear Editor: How can State Senator Tony Avella obtain $100,000 for a College Point senior center while ignoring the needs of Club Pride, a geriatric psycho-social center in Douglaston that is also ...
May 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend
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Good work
Dear Editor: Thank you so much for the story on Fr. Joseph Palackal. I have the pleasure of knowing Fr. Joseph, and I think his project should definitely be supported. Sincerely, Janie Jurica Maspeth
May 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another anniversary
Dear Editor: The coverage of the 50th anniversary of the World's Fair in New York has been quite enjoyable. I have shared memories with family and friends, and I even dug out an old World's Fair bu...
May 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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Keep it closed!
Dear Editor: The recent incident in which an elderly couple in Bayside were assaulted by two men posing as repairmen is again another reminder to all of us, whether we live in apartments or private...
May 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
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Time to act
Dear Editor: Putin is devious and duplicitous. He is defining reality to support his illegitimate claims and justify aggression. The Ukraine is an independent nation. It has been such since the bre...
May 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
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No to LNG fast-track
Dear Editor: On Wednesday, April 16, at 12 p.m., I joined a group of activists at a press conference outside the offices of senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer at 780 Third Avenue in Manh...
Apr 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
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Adopt bag fee
Dear Editor: Every year, New York City throws away 5.2 billion plastic bags! On average, over 500,000,000 of those will find their way to the ocean, where their tiny scraps of chemical components w...
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Astorino could win
Dear Editor: Allow me to add to "Timing is a problem for Astorino" (April 17) by the always insightful Anthony Stasi. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, with Nassau County Executive Ed Mang...
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Defining America
Dear Editor: There is a movement gaining momentum because of frustration over an intrusive overbearing federal government and its obsession with multiculturalism. It is called secession, and there ...
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Tragic death
Dear Editor: The death of Officer Dennis Guerra is indeed a tragedy for his wife, four children and the NYPD. This never should have happened, but it did, all due to the arrogance and senseless act...
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Save the park
Dear Editor: Three cheers for State Senator Tony Avella and the group Save Flushing Meadows Park for their efforts to stop the mega-mall in the Citi Field parking lot. They see it as it is: a sneak...
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PARIS/ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis will meet with his French counterpart Michel Sapin in Paris on Sunday, the French finance ministry said on Saturday. Late on Friday, a source close to the French president's office told Reuters that President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel "agreed that it is important to respect the choices of the Greek people and for Greece to respect its commitments" to the holders of its debt. "There is a need for dialogue and exchange to better understand the intentions of the Greek government," the source said after Hollande and Merkel met over dinner in the French city of Strasbourg. The new Greek government wants to renegotiate the country's debt and end the austerity measures that it says its EU partners have imposed on Greece.
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ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's Finance Ministry said on Saturday that it had hired financial advisors Lazard to consult on issues of public debt and fiscal management, as the new leftist government enters talks to renegotiate a bailout accord with creditors. Greece used Lazard during talks in 2012 over private sector involvement (PSI) as it sought to write down billions of euros of debt in a major sovereign restructuring. Europe's bailout program for Greece, part of a 240-billion-euro ($270 billion) rescue package along with the International Monetary Fund, expires on Feb. ...
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Ukrainian police officers stand during a ceremony in Kharkiv on January 30, 2015, before their departure to the east of the country to take part in the "Anti-Terrorist Operation"Kiev's pro-Western leaders and mediators hoped to reach a "binding" truce with pro-Russian separatists Saturday despite Ukraine suffering one of its bloodiest days yet in the nine-month conflict with 15 troops killed. The death toll is the highest one-day loss for Ukraine's military since the signing in September of a nominal ceasefire deal that has collapsed totally in recent weeks. With the civilian death toll also mounting in rebel regions Donetsk and Lugansk, the truce in addition should provide for the "unrestricted supply of basic goods and humanitarian assistance", the OSCE said. Separatist negotiators flew into Minsk on Saturday, as did Kiev's envoy, former president Leonid Kuchma, for the latest talks aimed at defusing fighting that has left at least 5,100 people dead.


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