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Queens Real Estate Market Update: SEP 2015
Oct 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
Queens Real Estate Market Update  Existing home sales hit a high for the year in August, however, year-over-year sales were still down. Inventory remains tight on a county level as the increased de...
Restaurant Industry: Keep It Free from Union Organizing
Sep 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
by Stephen D. Hans | Sep 30, 2015 | Employment Defense Attorney , NLRB Many people do not realize that 90 percent of the restaurants in the United States belong to independent operators or franchis...
NY Employment Defense Attorney defends Employers’ Rights
Sep 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
by Stephen D. Hans | Sep 25, 2015 | Per Se is a popular, exclusive restaurant located at the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle. Known for its Nova Scotia lobster, foie gras, caviar and truffles...
Forest Hills Coop takes over 2 years to Sell due to Complicated Development Issues
Sep 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
We recently closed on a 1 BR Forest Hills Coop in Forest Hills Gardens. This particular unit was one of our very rare deals that took a considerably LONG time to sell. This one was due to specific ...
What You Need to Understand About Criminal Background Checks When Hiring Employees
Sep 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 127 127 recommendations | email to a friend
by Stephen D. Hans | Sep 15, 2015 | Employment Defense Attorney What You Need to Understand About Criminal Background Checks When Hiring Employees NYC  & Queens Employment Defense Attorney Recently...
A Heart Warming Home Sale in Rego Park, Queens...
Sep 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 169 169 recommendations | email to a friend
This week we closed on one of our single family home listings in Rego Park. This deal was one if those rare deals where everything went smoothly, and everyone was extremely happy! Our client was th...
New York Employment Discrimination Defense Attorney
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 242 242 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D.Hans What Can Happen if You Ignore a Discrimination Claim? No one likes dealing with a dispute, and we often wish disputes would just go away. However, ignoring a discrimination c...
Queens Real Estate Market Update: AUG 2015
Aug 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 254 254 recommendations | email to a friend
Queens Real Estate Market Update: AUG 2015 The pace of home sales continued to slow in July according to the Long Island Board of Realtors. July marked the highest year over year decrease in home s...
Queens Home Team Announces Another 2BR/2BTH Coop in Forest Hills, NY For Sale!!!
Aug 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 261 261 recommendations | email to a friend
George & Abigail Herrera Introduce another 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Coop for Sale in Forest Hill, NY!!! Privacy, great views, and convenience are featured in this lovely Forest Hills Coop for Sale. Offere...
You're being Taxed as a Two Family, but is your House a Legal 2 Family?
Aug 20, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 262 262 recommendations | email to a friend
Many times we meet with homeowners who claim their property is a two family home because they are being taxed as a two family, however, legal use is determined by the NYC Department of Buildings, n...

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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 | 75 75 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 | 81 81 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 | 73 73 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 | 68 68 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 | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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Weiner criticism from an unlikely source
Ever since the first whispers (and revamped Twitter account!) that former congressman Anthony Weiner was considering throwing his hat in the ring (he will, however, be holding on to that towel he i...
May 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 123 123 recommendations | email to a friend
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Is cut-throat party politics dead?
It appears that going against the Queens Democratic Party doesn't carry with it the ramifications it once did. The party met on Monday morning to decide who it would endorse in some of the bigger r...
May 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 112 112 recommendations | email to a friend
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Is borough president the coolest job in the city?
In an article in Crain’s last week, some of the candidates for Queens borough president spoke about how they would like to sell Queens as a “cool” place, much the way Brooklyn has positioned itself...
May 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 113 113 recommendations | email to a friend
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A rap, a rap, a rappity-rap-rap!
Here’s that rap that Marty Mark dropped at the renaming of a playground for Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys. It’s based pretty heavily on the group’s “An Open Letter to NYC”: Brownstones, wate...
May 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 109 109 recommendations | email to a friend
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Vallone sits in with the band
Apparently the oft-mocked post of borough president is now the job that all of the cool kids want, and if that is the only criteria for taking the job, we're not sure how much cooler it gets than h...
May 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 105 105 recommendations | email to a friend
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Boobirds come out for Bloomberg
We guess Mayor Michael Bloomberg tired himself out marching in the Rockaways St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday. How else to explain why he didn't march in the St. Pat's for All Parade in Sunnysi...
Mar 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 103 103 recommendations | email to a friend
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Political odds & ends from last week
• He's not even running for mayor, but that didn't stop New York State Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long from throwing a little praise Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr.'s way last week. Long met...
Feb 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 102 102 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mittman campaign not quite wrapped up
It was a Quixotic undertaking from the very beginning, but Robert Mittman probably never thought his bid for Congress last year would have lingering effects. Mittman surprised everyone when he came...
Feb 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 101 101 recommendations | email to a friend
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Queens GOP rift could lead to BOE shake-up
It looks like the long-running rift in the Queens County Republican Party is starting to have implications citywide, most notably down at the Board of Elections. For those of you not familiar with ...
Feb 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 105 105 recommendations | email to a friend
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Vallone in unfamiliar territory
Talk about taking it straight to your opponent's backyard. Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. is on a quest to become the next borough president of Queens, and has been the hardest-working man (or woman...
Feb 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 102 102 recommendations | email to a friend
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A Syrian refugee man carrying his daughter rushes to the beach as he arrives on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Sunday, Oct. 4 , 2015. The U.N. refugee agency is reporting a “noticeable drop” this week in arrivals of refugees by sea into Greece - as the total figure for the year nears the 400,000 mark. Overall, the UNHCR estimates 396,500 people have entered Greece via the Mediterranean this year with seventy percent of them are from war-torn Syria. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — One month after the body of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach — and a week after the European Union agreed to secure its borders — the migrant crisis has largely fallen off the front pages and reporters are going home.

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Palestinians carry an injured man during an Israeli military raid in the West Bank city of Jenin, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Israeli troops shot and wounded at least 18 Palestinians in violence during an arrest raid in the Jenin refugee camp, a Palestinian hospital director said. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)JERUSALEM (AP) — In an unprecedented measure, Israeli police barred Palestinians from Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday in response to stabbing attacks that killed two Israelis and wounded three others, as Israel's prime minister vowed a "harsh offensive" to counter rising violence.

2015-10-04 07:30:55 -0400
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court opens its new term on Monday with a line-up of important cases to be argued and decided by the end of next June. Here is a look at some of the major cases already on the calendar. Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association: Whether public employees who do not want to join the union can be required to pay “fair share” service fees without violating their First Amendment rights of free speech and association under the U.S. Constitution. Evenwel v. Abbott: Whether under the U.S. ...
2015-10-04 07:22:57 -0400