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This Month in Queens Real Estate: JULY 2014
Jul 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
June 2014 Queens NY Market Update    The pace of home sales rose sharply in June but was still below the pace of sales in June 2013. Prices posted moderate gains in June as well, remaining on pace ...
Estate Planning Basics for Newlyweds – How to Get Prepared for the Unexpected
Jul 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s that time of year – the time for beautiful weddings, fun receptions, delicious cakes, special gifts, and romantic honeymoons. While this is a joyous time for everyone, it’s also time for you a...
The Annual Pay Notice Requirement of the New York Wage Theft Prevention Act Could Be Close to Ending
Jul 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans After the Wage Theft Prevention Act went into effect, restaurant owners and other types of business owners became burdened with paperwork as they complied with annual requir...
$$ OPPORTUNITY HAS KNOCKED ! $$ Networking For Prosperity & Adventure $$
Jun 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 286 286 recommendations | email to a friend
Bring Pen & Paper for this great opportunity to learn about:  * Job search, Employment Training, Networking Skills & How Every Dollar Counts . **Snacks & Beverages provided.** WHEN : Wednesday June...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: JUNE 2014
Jun 19, 2014 | 3 3 comments | 318 318 recommendations | email to a friend
June 2014 Queens NY Market Update The pace of home sales rose in May after a slow start in the beginning of 2014. Inventory increased slightly again in May, meaning buyers should have a bit more ch...
Book Expo America 2014 Part 1: The Italian presence…
Jun 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 361 361 recommendations | email to a friend
  Originally Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena for L'Idea Magazine   Book Expo America 2014 has brought a wave of foreign authors, either in the original language or in translation, and among the...
Book Expo America 2014 Part 2: The Authors Speak…
Jun 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 363 363 recommendations | email to a friend
Originally Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena  for L'Idea Magazine   Javits Center was the center of attention for all American book lovers for four days at the end of May, with a series of events...
Interview to author Tony Napoli.
Jun 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 816 816 recommendations | email to a friend
Recently I published a review on the popular book “My Father, My Don,” A Son’s Journey from Organized Crime to Sobriety, and I am now pleased to offer our readers an interview to the author, Tony N...
How Much Can Allegations of Discrimination Cost You?
Jun 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 333 333 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans Discrimination is a serious issue for employers. It can lead to disputes, lawsuits and even forced business sales. Forced business sale, substantial fines and the disgrace o...
Wage and Hours Cases Setting Precedents for Tipped Employees
May 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 504 504 recommendations | email to a friend
  Restaurant owners are subject to numerous regulations they must comply with and as various cases are litigated, rulings establish new precedents that can change how the industry does business. Ma...

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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 | 25 25 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 | 29 29 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 | 32 32 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...
Mar 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 42 42 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...
Feb 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Time for the speaker to pay up
To the victors go the spoils! That was never more true than last week in the City Council, when committee posts were announced. Chairing a powerful committee comes not only with influence, but a ni...
Jan 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ex-pol finds it hard to leave la vida ‘Liu’-ca
It appears John Liu is having a hard time giving up the busy public schedule he had while he was in public office. Liu was known for keeping up an insane schedule of public appearances, often begin...
Jan 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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So long, it’s been good to...know you?
Former chief of staff Alexandra Rosa was the only veteran of Queens Borough Hall to exit with the departure of Helen Marshall and the entrance of new borough president Melinda Katz. Dan Andrews, wh...
Jan 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Working hard or hardly working?
On Thursday afternoon, the new First Lady of NYC, Chirlane McCray, tweeted out a photo of a shovel and said she knew what son Dante was going to be doing if there was no school on Friday. But then ...
Jan 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Legislative Acts
Queens elected officials past and present took to the stage at Queens College this past Saturday night for the annual Legislative Acts, a variety show-style set of performances. It's quite possibly...
Nov 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Queens vs. Bronx in political pigskin
We love when our elected officials duke it out. We like it even better when they do it on the football field! Queens and Bronx elected officials took to the gridiron last weekend in the first ever ...
Oct 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Graziano endorses Vallone opponent
Paul Vallone certainly didn't make many friends among his fellow candidates in the Democratic Primary for the 19th Council District in northeast Queens, but he was willing to try. “We look forward ...
Oct 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Queens deserves a beep with 100 percent focus
The candidates for Queens borough president are fighting over one percent. Not one percent of the vote, mind you, but the “one percent” that members of Occupy Wall Street were so concerned about. M...
Oct 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sandinistas, Goldwater...is this the 2013 race for mayor?
The race for New York City mayor is starting to take on some pretty lofty political agendas beyond whether so-and-so supported extending term limits or not. Republican candidate Joe Lhota has been ...
Oct 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Israeli 155mm artillery fires towards the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel's border with the coastal Palestinian enclave on July 25, 2014The Israeli military and the militant Palestinian Hamas were set on Saturday to start a 12-hour ceasefire at 8:00 am (0500 GMT), but a longer-term truce remained elusive. Hamas said that it and other militant groups in Gaza had reached "national consensus on a humanitarian truce" and Israel later confirmed that it would observe what it called "a humanitarian window in the Gaza Strip". A statement from the Hamas-run interior ministry in Gaza warned people not to approach bombed-out buildings and militant bases for fear of "explosive objects". Earlier, US Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking from Cairo, said that efforts to broker a longer halt to the fighting had so far yet to bear fruit.


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FILE - In this Wednesday, July 3, 2013, file photo, Russian Federal Security Service Chief Alexander Bortnikov attends a meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow. A European Union document released Friday, July 25, 2014, shows that among those targeted by a EU-wide asset freeze and travel ban are Alexander Bortnikov, head of the Russian Federal Security. The new sanctions were announced in a Friday entry to the EU's Official Journal. In all, 15 people were sanctioned, and 18 organizations or businesses, including rebel groups taking part in the pro-Russia revolt in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service, File)BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Friday extended its Ukraine-related sanctions to target top Russian intelligence officials and leaders of the pro-Russia revolt in eastern Ukraine, official documents showed.


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FILE - In this June 10, 2013, file photo, Chicago Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf speaks during the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Bulls training facility in Chicago. Reinsdorf, also a Chicago White Sox owner, has been hospitalized after feeling lightheaded in Cooperstown, New York. The team says all tests Friday, July 25, 2014, indicate he is fine. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen, File)CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox say owner Jerry Reinsdorf has been hospitalized after feeling lightheaded in Cooperstown, New York.


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