Larry Penner is a concerned self described taxpayer and citizens’ civic activist. He continues to write about government, budgets, politics, media, transportation, urban history, economic and civil liberties issues of interest to local residents. He has been an avid letters to the editor contributor for over 20 years. His works have been periodically featured on the pages of The Queens Courier along with many other daily and weekly newspapers in Queens and the New York metropolitan area along with various national newspapers and magazines.
Who could blame Councilman Mark Weprin for resigning his seat to become Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Deputy Secretary for Legislative Affairs. He has no hope of becoming Council Speaker in 2018. Mark gives up his part time City Council position which pays $112,500 plus lulu to earn $150,000 per year in his new job working for the […]
The good 1960s vibrations continue to fill Flushing Meadows-Corona Park this spring. The short list includes an upcoming anniversary celebration of the 1964/65 Worlds Fair (and the 1939/40 event). There’s also ongoing attention to the New York pavilion with movie screenings. But the most enthusiastic and impressive illustration of this nostalgia thus far belongs to […]
This past weekend we celebrated my late husband Stu’s daughter Mimi’s 50th birthday, and what a glorious time it was with the gathering of the clan of children and grandchildren. Mimi is a remarkable person who personifies the modern woman. She is a brilliant professional heading a preschool; the mother of three magnificent, accomplished boys; […]
Will new Republican state Senate majority leader John Flanagan learn from the mistakes of his predecessors Joseph Bruno and Dean Skelos? Will he get down to the people’s business and seriously discuss how to reform state government? Here are some popular ideas yet to be implemented. Will he support legislation and amend the state Constitution […]
As my car turned onto Victory Boulevard off the Staten Island Expressway, I saw the stately brick gates leading into the College of Staten Island. As I drove up the wide, curving roads, the college buildings came into view surrounded by swaths of brilliant, green lawns. For me, this place has special meaning. It is […]
How do I love you, Mom? Let me count the ways. My mom was my mentor, my rock, a powerhouse of energy and leadership whom I dearly admired. From her Campfire Girl leader days to Girl Scout leader to PTA president, my mom positioned herself to be involved in my life while involving me. She was my role model. […]