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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 | 2 2 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 | 10 10 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 | 10 10 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 | 23 23 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 | 51 51 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 | 52 52 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 | 62 62 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 | 69 69 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 | 80 80 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 | 130 130 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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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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Two Political Futures - Maybe Three - At Stake
If you have even a passing interest in New York City or Queens politics, you've no doubt heard by now that there is a major political throw down about to happen in northeast Queens. Or as some are ...
May 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Liu v. Avella race a reality
Well, it's now official. The hottest and most contested race in Queens this election season is going to be for a state senate seat in northeast Queens, where former councilman and city comptroller ...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pol sings praises of new bill, sort of
If you happen to be one of those people who actually likes to read the rest of the paper and doesn't just turn to the Pol Position page, devour it greedily, and then toss the rest of the paper into...
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Friendly wager
Last week, we wrote about a bet between Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams on the NBA playoff series between the Raptors and the Nets, and the issue of making sure the...
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pol saves Toronto's reputation
Toronto, you are truly a city of your word! You may have thought that the biggest thing riding on the opening playoff series between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Crapt...er, Raptors...was a trip t...
May 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dispatches from the Inner Circle
This past weekend, the City Hall press corps held its annual Inner Circle variety show, a roast of the sitting mayor that has been taking place since 1923. Apparently, Pol Position's invitation onc...
Mar 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Switch paying off for Avella, so far
At an unrelated event for Congresswoman Grace Meng just following State Senator Tony Avella's decision to join the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), both Meng and former comptroller John Liu...
Mar 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Only in New York State politics
There's a lot of reasons to delay a federal corruption trial; the accused hasn't had sufficient time to mount a defense, a key witness is unavailable, health reasons. But only in New York City woul...
Mar 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Avella breaks from Senate Dems
Some people aren't too happy about State Senator Tony Avella's decision to join a breakaway group of Senate Democrats who conference with the Republican Party. Avella announced last week that he wa...
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Pol puts pressure on library head to quit
The water was already starting to get hot for beleaguered Queens Library President Thomas Galante after news broke that he made close to $400,000 a year, had a private smoking deck added to his off...
Feb 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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Some City Council committee meetings could get a little awkward
Long before Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito was elected speaker of the City Council, she was known as that woman who wouldn't recite the Pledge of Allegiance before council meetings. That didn't...
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Nigerian refugee children pose for a photograph at a UNHCR camp in Baga Sola on January 26, 2015, fleeing a recent attack by Boko Haram millitants in the Nigerian town of BagaAfrican leaders meet Friday for their annual summit with conflict topping the agenda, especially Nigeria's Boko Haram insurgents, as well as efforts to stem Ebola. While the official theme of the African Union meeting will be women's empowerment, leaders from the 54-member bloc will once again be beset by a string of crises across the continent. Preparatory talks this week ahead of the two-day meeting at the AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital have seen promises by AU chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to drum up "collective African efforts" to tackle the Islamists. Late Thursday, the AU Peace and Security Council called for regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to deploy to stop the "horrendous" rise of the insurgents.


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EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — An Egyptian militant group affiliated with the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for coordinated and simultaneous attacks that struck more than a dozen army and police targets in three towns in the restive Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 26 security officers.
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FILE - This May 28, 2012, file photo shows a newspaper with a photograph of Etan Patz at a makeshift memorial in the SoHo neighborhood of New York where Patz lived before his disappearance on May 25, 1979. The memorial was set up near a building that housed a convenience store where Pedro Hernandez, accused of killing Patz, told police 33 years after they boy's disappearance, that he choked the 6-year-old and put the still-living boy into a plastic bag, boxed up the bag and left it on a street. Opening statements in Hernandez's trial are set for Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Searching fervently for a missing 6-year-old boy named Etan Patz, police jotted a teenage shop worker's name among those of many people they met, never expecting the clerk would become their suspect more than three decades later.


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