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(Family Features) Whether you’ve bought a new house or are renting an apartment, you know that finding the perfect place to call home is just the beginning. Before you can settle in and begin enjoying your new surroundings, you have to actually get all of your stuff packed and moved.
In his preliminary budget for next year, Mayor de Blasio is looking to increase city spending by more than $4 billion.
But Borough President Melinda Katz wants more.
The unemployment rate in Queens rose in January, according to figures released by the state Department of Labor on Tuesday — but only when compared to December, not when compared to January 2013.
And it’s those year-to-year figures that really matter, analysts say. Statewide, Albany said, the economy is improving markedly.
(BPT) - Numerosos adultos que trabajan comienzan a usar la tecnología desde el momento en que suena la alarma de su despertador. La tecnología nos permite ser eficientes y estar conectados continuamente en cualquier momento y lugar, desde la lectura de mensajes de correo electrónico en una tableta mientras desayunan, a la colocación de comunicaciones en los medios sociales desde un teléfono inteligente. Y esa misma tecnología desempeña actualmente un papel importante para las personas en busca de entornos alternativos de aprendizaje para proseguir sus estudios o darles un nivel superior a sus profesiones.
(BPT) - Las profesiones en ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas (STEM, en inglés) están aumentando y con rapidez. Según el Centro de Educación y Fuerza Laboral del Instituto de Política Pública de Georgetown, para el año 2023, STEM generará unos 2.6 millones de nuevos empleos, creando así una gran demanda de trabajadores calificados con preparación STEM en los próximos años.
The word freedom has different meanings for different people. There is one concept always espoused by Ed Konecnik. Here is a quote on it from Abe Lincoln:
1) “We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word may mean for some to do as they please with other men and the products of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name — liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names — liberty and tyranny.”
And a quote by Lincoln on labor:
2) “Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital and deserves much the higher consideration.”
I believe the above quotes should give people food for thought and may broaden their perspectives on things before they make up their minds.
A new bill introduced by Congressman Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens) on March 4 would allow those caring for elderly relatives who do not live with them to receive a tax credit of up to $1,200 for qualified elder-care expenses.
Many of those caregivers — who, according to Israel, spend on average $5,530 out-of-pocket each year on expenses for their aging relatives — cannot claim their parents as dependents because they live elsewhere.
(NewsUSA) - With the economy still so tepid that about 75 percent of all new jobs created this year were part-time, guess which occupation is expected to see an employment growth rate that's faster than the average of all others?
Queens Library President and CEO Tom Galante, under fire from some city officials and at least one state lawmaker for making nearly $400,000 a year, told members of the borough’s press corps that he probably works close to 100 hours a week.
Galante makes $392,000 a year as head of the library, a private, nonprofit group that contracts with the city to provide services. His salary was revealed earlier this month by the Daily News, prompting the City Council to hold a hearing and the city comptroller to launch an audit of the library.
City agencies’ defense of Industrial Business Zones — areas set aside to promote industrial growth — has become somewhat of an affectation as more and more pieces break off of the IBZs to accommodate residential and commercial uses.
Almost one year ago, a plan to erect a 90,000-square-foot residential building was presented at a Citizens for a Better Ridgewood meeting. Many were thrilled at having a new residence on the corner of Woodward Avenue and Starr Street but urban planning and IBZ advocates said the building is a blatant contradiction of City Planning’s “iron-clad commitment” to preserving manufacturers and industrial businesses.
An estimated 500,000 people who work in the city and never before had guaranteed paid sick leave soon will, as the City Council on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bill mandating that their employers provide it.
Mayor de Blasio, who had championed the measure, the Earned Sick Time Leave Act, quickly issued a statement saying the Council had made history by passing it. The bill was designated Intro-1, the first new law of the year, reflecting its value to the mayor and the Council majority. It passed 46-5.
(StatePoint) In today’s job market, having an edge is crucial. The right credentials can mean the difference between living paycheck-to-paycheck and having a meaningful career. More than ever, a high school diploma or equivalency credential is essential to landing the job or career you want. In fact, approximately three out of four U.S. jobs required at least a high school diploma or equivalent in 2012, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics.
Borough President Melinda Katz on Tuesday called on the Queens Library to implement several reform measures in light of the controversy over its executive director's salary, benefits, office renovations and outside employment. ... After the board meeting, the library put out another statement from Taussig, saying the members had initiated several reforms, including the elimination of a component in Galante's contract, called the "evergreen clause," that saw it renewed it every year for the next five years.
Borough President Melinda Katz on Tuesday called on the Queens Library to implement several reform measures in light of the controversy over its executive director's salary, benefits, office renovations and outside employment.
It’s flu season. One of the last things you want to see is the guy making your sandwich down at the deli coughing and wiping his nose, gloves or no gloves. And yet there’s a decent chance that’s exactly what you’ll see.
One reason is that a small business such as a deli is not as likely as a large corporation to provide its employees with paid sick leave. So many come to work even when they’re unwell, increasing the chances that colds or worse illnesses such as the flu will spread.
In an unusual show of discord, a Community Board 5 vote came down to the wire.
Members weren’t voting on a headline issue like a homeless shelter or an arts center looking for a liquor license. Instead, a longtime Italian-American street fair was the subject of debate.
The estate of the late Cecilia Chang is still up for grabs, with federal authorities working on a settlement that could soon give them up to $1.2 million.
Chang, 59, committed suicide in her Jamaica Estates home on Nov. 8, 2012, a day after implicating herself in court for recruiting foreign students and making them do chores around her house and embezzling more than $1 million from St. John’s University, where she worked as dean of the Asian Studies Center and vice president of international relations.
The first step was passing several amendments that had been vetoed by former Mayor Bloomberg last year. That was done earlier this month by an overwhelming margin.
The next step is to pass a new piece of legislation, and once that is done, an estimated 500,000 more workers in New York City will have guaranteed paid sick time, a priority of Mayor de Blasio and the new City Council.
Persistence is beginning to pay off for contract workers at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports, with the Port Authority and Delta Air Lines agreeing to grant pay increases.
The workers are employed by companies who contract out services such as security, maintenance and custodial and cleaning services for the PA and individual airlines.
Mayor de Blasio delivered his first preliminary budget on Wednesday with few surprises but far more detail than before on how he expects to pair his governing agenda with challenges that include uncertain state and federal economies and more than 150 unsettled municipal labor contracts.
“This is a progressive administration,” he said “Our budget will be a progressive budget, one that will put us on the road to giving hardworking New Yorkers a fair shot. There’s nothing mutually exclusive about being both fiscally responsible and economically progressive.”
(BPT) - In the next few months, high school seniors across the country will be anxiously checking mailboxes for college acceptance letters. With two-thirds of recent high school grads enrolling in college as of 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is the first step on a journey towards personal and financial independence for many Americans. Whether an incoming freshman, soon to be senior or recent grad, it is never too early to get financially fit. The key to success is to make the process fun and manageable.
The following is a transcript of Mayor de Blasio's State of the City Address, as prepared, sent to the media before the speech was delivered.
(NewsUSA) - Being pregnant can be a joyful occasion. It also comes with its own unique set of challenges, such as weight gain, morning sickness, water retention and added stress to the joints.
Several amendments to the mandatory sick leave law unanimously passed the City Council’s Committee on Civil Service and Labor late last week and were passed by the full body Tuesday, the panel’s chairman, Councilman Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) announced.
The new version of the Earned Sick Time Act will replace one the Council passed last year over then–Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s veto. It will protect about 500,000 more workers than the old version by ensuring companies give them at least five days worth of paid sick leave each year, according to its proponents.