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(StatePoint) With the holiday season in full swing, minding one’s budget can sometimes be as much of a challenge as watching your waistline. Despite signs of an improving economy, consumers have identified managing spending at the top of their holiday stress list, according to a recent poll conducted by Ally Bank, Member FDIC.
(BPT) - Americans have come a long way in their acceptance of marijuana. Long gone are the days of “Reefer Madness,” the infamous 1936 movie that depicted a couple falling into addiction and ultimately – madness. Today, 58 percent of Americans favor the legalizing of pot for recreational use, according to an October 2013 Gallup poll.
(BPT) - As the medical community and many Americans come to accept the use of marijuana to treat a range of diseases and symptoms, state legislators are working to keep pace with laws concerning marijuana for medical use.
This year’s elections and a lawsuit filed this week against the city together demonstrate the need for two reforms in the electoral process.
First off, voters are entitled to privacy when voting, but under the system being used now, they’re not getting it. Mayor Bloomberg himself said that a poll worker had seen his ballot.
(NAPSI)—Good news for people concerned about employment in America today: Well-paying jobs in the manufacturing sector—actually, more than 600,000 of them—are waiting for workers who have been properly trained.
(NewsUSA) - The recent government shutdown inconvenienced many Americans -- from federal workers, to tourists -- but how did it impact those looking for work? The health care debate was among the main catalysts for the shutdown, with both parties claiming to be the voice of the public, but has the voice of the job seeker been drowned out as a result? A new national poll asked those very questions to find out what was more important to job seekers -- a paycheck or health insurance. The result? The majority of unemployed Americans (77 percent) would apparently take the job, even if it meant no health insurance. Online career network Beyond.com surveyed over 5,000 job seekers from across the country to find out how the government shutdown and the technical frustrations with the health care rollout impacted their employment search. The survey comprised a dozen questions to determine if healthcare was really the main concern for those seeking work, and most respondents, it appears, were just interested in a salary to support their family. * 61 percent of those who participated in the survey said that their top priority when it comes to a job is salary, not health care. * That's despite approximately 32 percent of respondents saying they currently don't have health insurance, with nearly 50 percent of those people citing they haven't had health insurance for more than a year. * 89 percent of respondents said they'd do just about anything to find a job, including working long hours and/or weekends. "With so much speculation about the job market, we decided to go out and ask job seekers exactly what they were thinking," said Joe Weinlick, VP of Marketing at Beyond.com. "A big part of finding a job is confidence, and while health care is certainly an important issue, we've found that those looking for work are more concerned about things like honing interview skills or updating their resume. Health insurance is one of many factors people need to weigh when considering a job offer, but you have to get the job offer first." Survey respondents included job seekers from the Millennial, Gen X and Baby Boomer generations. Surprisingly, the majority of respondents from each generation reported that they'd consider job offers even if they didn't include health insurance at all -- despite numerous reports citing the increased need for health care across the board, especially with Baby Boomers. What do you think people will be most thankful for -- a paycheck or health care?
We were thrilled to see the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit put on hold the so-called “remedies” Judge Shira Scheindlin had tried to impose on the Police Department after wrongly determining that it intentionally discriminates against minorities when stopping and frisking people officers deem suspicious.
As this page said after Scheindlin made her ruling last summer, the judge had not taken a fair view of the case from the start. Breaking judicial standards, she had made sure she was the one who got to hear it, had put excessive weight in the testimony of the plaintiffs’ expert witness while dismissing the city’s own expert, and had made comments to the press that revealed she sees judging as a way to write the laws as she sees fit, rather than just determine if they’ve been broken. Scheindlin clearly sought to set Police Department policy, just as her fellow U.S. Judge Nicholas Garaufis set some Fire Department policy, to the detriment of members and the public alike. And she went even further than he had.
While thousands of people lined up in schools, churches and synagogues to cast their votes for city offices and state proposals, another group stood huddled together in Jackson Heights to conduct an election of their own.
The New York Coalition to Expand Voting Rights conducted a mock election complete with mock voting booths, ballots, poll workers and ballot boxes in Diversity Plaza.
While the voting process was plagued with issues throughout some parts of the city, the election at polling sites in the 30th Council District went on almost without a hitch on Tuesday night, with only a few minor problems reported.
Many voters exiting PS 49 and PS 128 between 6 and 8 p.m. said that they experienced no issues when they cast their ballot. Turnout in the area was also greater than some voters and election volunteers had expected.
(BPT) - While the Great Recession convinced many big corporations to improve efficiency and reduce spending, small businesses have historically known the value of operating “lean and mean.” Many have never had another option, and have always had to accomplish more with less. Fortunately, technology is making it easier than ever for small-business owners to work smarter and more efficiently – and continue growing their businesses.
(StatePoint) Planning and budgeting are important all year long, but focusing on one’s finances becomes even more of a priority around the holidays.
Restrictions placed on the Police Department as a result of the federal lawsuit over stop and frisk are all on hold, and the judge who imposed them has been thrown off the case by the Court of Appeals.
The court determined that Judge Shira Scheindlin compromised her need to appear impartial in the case and criticized her for making sure she got to hear the case when it was filed six years ago, and for not appearing impartial as a judge must.
When voters go to the polls on Nov. 5. they’ll face large ballots printed in tiny 6-point type. One reason: a requirement that ballots be printed in six languages, including Bengali. This is multicultural madness.
Queens residents speak and read more than 80 languages. Must our ballots include all of them? What’s next? Icelandic, Urdu, Farsi, Pashtu and Swahili? Let’s end this nonsense.
We need just one language for voting — English. Only U.S. citizens are permitted to vote, according to the Constitution. Most natural-born citizens learn English as soon as they start talking. They absorb it from family, friends and later in school. Immigrants must display English language proficiency to become naturalized citizens. People who don’t speak or read English are most likely not U.S. citizens.
Multiculturalism is a euphemism for “I refuse to learn English.” If you feel that way, you forfeit your right to vote.
When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, those who aren’t political junkies may be surprised at some of the names on the ballot and propositions they’ll be making decisions on. Think the mayor’s race is between Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota? Sure it is, along with 13 other people. Ready to make a choice on a parcel of land in the Adirondack Mountains? You’ll be asked to. Here’s a comprehensive guide to what Queens voters will see on the ballot, according to the city Campaign Finance Board.
Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) said he never felt like a novice after he was chosen for the City Council last February in a special election.
“I had worked for former Councilman James Sanders for 10 years, but only had been chief of staff for two or three,” he said. “I worked alongside him at a number of levels. I was always learning about city government and how it works.”
For elected officials, incumbency is typically a positive — a chance to make the case to voters that your term in office has been successful for the community you represent and their vote will give them more successes in the future
That’s exactly what Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), running for a second full term in office, is hoping for.
(BPT) - Millions of Americans wouldn’t hesitate to get a second opinion if their vehicle needed repair, yet a stunning percentage fail to seek a second opinion for important health decisions, a new survey reveals.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s pending landslide victory is picking up speed in the mayoral race and threatens to bury Republican Joseph Lhota 71 to 21 percent among likely voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Oct. 3. Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrion had 2 percent.
There was a small gender gap and a larger racial gap: White voters support de Blasio 55 to 40 percent while black voters back the Democrat 90 to 6 percent, with Hispanic support at 79 to 10 percent, the poll found.
(NewsUSA) - If you're looking to get the best deal on your appliance purchases, you're not alone. According to research by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), 81 percent of consumers polled say that price is the most important factor in deciding which appliance to buy. Yet, less than half say they considered energy efficiency in their decision process.
The runoff election for New York City public advocate on October 1st drew only about 6.5 percent of registered Democrats citywide. The election cost about $13 million. This works out to about $70 for every vote cast.
When I went to vote at my polling place in Bayside, there were five people at the table, with four interpreters sitting in an adjacent lobby, plus one person directing voters to the table site. Ten people for one election district. Repeat that similar scenario in all five boroughs and one can see how the cost added up for this low-turnout election.
This system needs to be overhauled. The process for voting in municipal elections must be re-examined and modified to cut costs. I do not blame the people employed to work at the polls on Election Day for this. They were just trying to do their job.
There are other ways of handling the process, including having instant runoffs on Primary Day, thus avoiding the need for a separate runoff election. Many people feel that there should be no runoffs at all. It is not the fault of the candidates if many people seek a particular office, making it harder for any individual candidate to rack up a large plurality of the votes.
That $13 million spent on this runoff election could have been used to hire more teachers, or to sustain afterschool programs for children or to give better services to our senior citizens or to plant and care for additional trees to enhance our communities. The list goes on and on.
As citizens, we need to insist that wasteful spending be curbed and that well-thought-out strategies for voting procedures be put into place in order that all voters have their voices heard in the most effective way.
Voters in the Tudor Village section of Ozone Park will no longer have to play a game of Frogger to get to the voting booth.
After redistricting, residents in that neighborhood had their voting place moved from PS 63 on Sutter Avenue to PS 232 in Lindenwood, requiring them to venture across busy Conduit Boulevard.
(BPT) - While some parents may not know a gigabyte from Google, they still need to help their kids stay safe and protect personal information online. A new survey by LifeLock finds that some of today’s young people don’t understand the dangers of their tech-heavy lifestyles.
For all of their perceived power in city politics, the Queens County organizations for both major political parties were not on the winning side of their respective mayoral primary races this year. Queens Democrats chose City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) as their choice for mayor, while the Queens Republican leadership choose supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis as their standard-bearer.
Both lost, and now with six weeks to go until the city selects its new mayor, the county parties are seeking to unify behind the primary winners, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former MTA chief Joe Lhota.
(NAPSI)The holidays are fast approaching, and as wish lists are created and shopping starts, many people will be sure to include their four-legged family members in the process. According to a 2011 www.PetFinder.com poll, 63 percent of dog owners and 58 percent of cat owners give their pets gifts. With that in mind, its important to select a gift thats entertaining for the pet and is the right fit for the individual animal.