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Blogs: Bad Bosses; Ed Koch; Living Rich

A recap of recent and popular blog posts in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam.

If you're a small business owner—or boss—hear this: blogger Claire LaBrunerie is sounding off on keeping employees happy.

"Check in with most old-school managers and ask what they believe makes their staff happy," LaBrunerie pens. "Here’s what you will likely hear: competitive pay and benefits, pleasant office space, and a reasonable commute."

But there's more, she notes—like promoting inclusion, and assigning interesting tasks.

Read her blog in full here.

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If you're a Manhattanite, past or present, blogger Larry Elkin's look back at late NYC mayor Ed Koch is a must-read.

"A lot of things went right during Koch’s early years as mayor. He was not responsible for all of them, though he did not mind if anyone thought he was," Elkin writes of the inimitable politico.

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In other opinion news, the Grown and Flown blog offers a Valentine's Day graphic for paramours, a Lower Hudson Valley rabbi tackles the issue of gun control, and Kathy writes about folks with annual expenses hovering around $1 million.

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