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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
Dec 2014 Queens NY Market Update  The pace of home sales continued to decrease in November and inventory continued to track below last year’s levels as well.  Sales are well below those seen in the...
NYC Employment Law — Pre-tax Transit Benefits
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
As employers, sometimes it is difficult to keep with the employment law changes, which is why you should consult periodically with an employment defense lawyer and stay apprised of new laws. At the...
Wage and Hour Regulation Pitfalls
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
Business owners can get themselves into trouble when not understanding wage and hours laws. What appears to be a bright idea that cuts corners and saves money is sometimes a violation that leads to...
In life, the glass is always half full! Exclusive interview with cartoonist Maria Scrivan
Dec 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 113 113 recommendations | email to a friend
Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena   | 19 November 2014   Maria Scrivan’s cartoons are published in MAD Magazine, Parade Magazine, Prospect Magazine (UK), on Mashable.com, Salon.com. Funny Times a...
Zeffirelli's La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera: a review
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 135 135 recommendations | email to a friend
  Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena 3 December 2014 |     Zeffirelli’s production of La Boheme at the metropolitan Opera shines. A sample of the stage set up as performed in a preceding season. L...
Are You Staying on Top of Regulations that Affect Your Restaurant?
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 123 123 recommendations | email to a friend
A recent change in regulations predicted to arrive soon is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will release a national menu labeling standard for chain restaurants. The standard will addres...
The World Seen Through a Dog’s Point of View. An Exclusive Interview with Paul Gilligan, author of Pooch Café
Dec 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 131 131 recommendations | email to a friend
  Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena 10 October 2014 |   Paul Gilligan with Poncho, the main character of Pooch Cafe According to his website, www.poochcafe.com, Paul Gilligan’s affair with art be...
What about Wellness Programs as Part of Health Coverage?
Nov 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 178 178 recommendations | email to a friend
Today many companies offering health insurance also provide wellness programs, which are a preventative medicine approach to health. Today, 94 percent of employers with more than 400 employees and ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: NOV 2014 (Month's Supply: 6.3 Months)
Nov 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 252 252 recommendations | email to a friend
Oct 2014 Queens NY Market Update  Queens home sales are down for the third month in a row from August – October. Home sales are also remaining significantly below last year’s levels, according to t...
Forest Hills Food Crawl
Nov 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 262 262 recommendations | email to a friend
The Chamber and All The Tastes of New York would love to invite you to our first Forest Hills Food Crawl, a culinary journey through Forest Hills happening this Wednesday, November 12th ! A Food Cr...

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Mystery pols identified
Recently, we here at the Pol Position desk were digging around in the old photos scattered around our basement office and came across this snapshot. This photo was a little before our appearance on...
Sep 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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So come on and take a free ride (free ride)
We guess it's safe to say that our current mayor isn't above taking the occasional handout from time to time. Sure, when he first took office he pretended that he was going to be just the regular o...
Aug 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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The plot to take over southeast Queens
Well this should make things even more interesting when State Senator Malcolm Smith returns to court again in January. Smith got into hot water with the feds after he was busted in an undercover st...
Aug 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 33 33 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 | 35 35 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 | 36 36 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 | 37 37 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 | 36 36 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 | 37 37 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 | 36 36 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 | 42 42 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 | 33 33 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 | 33 33 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 | 35 35 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 | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mourners visit a memorial near the house where eight children ranging from babies to teenagers were found dead in the northern Australian city of Cairns, December 20, 2014The mother of all but one of eight children killed in the northern city of Cairns was charged with their murder on Sunday, Australian police said. The 37-year-old, who has not been named and remains under guard in a hospital bed, was charged with eight counts of murder after the children's bodies were found Friday morning. She appeared before a magistrate at the Cairns Base Hospital, Queensland police said in a statement. Officers have not revealed the cause of death of the children -- four girls and four boys aged between two to 14 -- but said they were looking into various scenarios, including suffocation.


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Emergency services workers cover off the perimeter fence of a house where eight children have been found dead in a Cairns suburb in far north Queensland, Australia, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Queensland state police said they were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman with serious injuries.When police got to the house, they found the bodies of the children inside, ranging in age from 18 months to 15 years. (AP Photo/Graeme Bint)SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home, police said.


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A gunman shot dead two uniformed New York police officers in a cold-blooded attack that followed weeks of outrage over police killings of unarmed black men. "Today, two of New York's finest were shot and killed with no warning, no provocation," said an emotional New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. The two officers, one a newlywed, were shot in the head through the window of their vehicle in broad daylight in Brooklyn in an attack that left America's biggest city reeling just days before Christmas. Police named the shooter as 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who shot and seriously wounded his ex-girlfriend in Baltimore early Saturday before driving to Brooklyn to murder the two officers.
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