Author Archives: Larry Penner

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Penner's Pen

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.

Will state Senate GOP Leader John Flanagan change the status quo?


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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 […]

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Rebuilding the Queens Republican Party


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Queens County Republican Party leader and former GOP Congressman Bob Turner reminds me of “David” in his battle with Democratic Queens Congressman and party chairman Joe Crowley (“Goliath”). Consider as of Nov. 1, 2014 there are 1,031,849 active voters including 677,943 Democrats, 118,052 Republicans, 199,358 Blanks (no declared party affiliation), 26,294 Independence, 5,404 Conservative, 3,260 […]

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Remember the old Brooklyn Dodgers


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Did you know that the first game to be played at the Brooklyn Dodgers Ebbets Field was an interleague exhibition game against the New York Yankees on April 5, 1913? Ebbets Field officially opened on April 9, 1913 against the Philadelphia Phillies. It reminded me that if it had not been for mega builder Robert […]

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Weprin versus Weprin on tolls — I’m confused


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I’m confused about Move NY plans for tolling bridges which could impact tens of thousands of Queens residents. Queens New York State Assemblyman and Democrat David Weprin opposes tolls for the four free East River bridges. He believes it “will impose an undue financial burden on our working and middle class commuters who must rely […]

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Why celebrate the 22nd anniversary for the New York City Economic Development Corporation?


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Is there real reason to celebrate the 22nd anniversary for creation of the New York City Economic Development Corporation? New York City prospered and successfully grew prior to creation of the NYC Economic Development Corporation and its predecessor, the NYC Public Development Corporation which was created in 1966. In 1991, the NYC Public Development Corporation […]

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Silver, Heastie and Weprin…three peas in a pod


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The five New York City Democratic Party County leaders (State Assemblymember Keith Wright of Manhattan, Frank Seddio of Brooklyn, Congressmember Joseph Crowley of Queens, State Assemblymember Carl Heastie of the Bronx and John Gulino from Staten Island) met behind closed doors to select Bronx State Assemblymember and Democratic Party Chairperson Carl Heastie as the next […]

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