Author Archives: Larry Penner

Penner's Pen
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.

Remember the old Brooklyn Dodgers


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

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


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

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?


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

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


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

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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When will we see the cross-harbor freight tunnel?


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Did you hear about recent news that the proposed cross-harbor freight tunnel which might connect New Jersey to either Brooklyn or Queens is under consideration again? In theory, it might move thousands of trucks on a daily basis off the roads and on to railroad tracks for significant portions of the journey between New Jersey, […]

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Pataki for president is just wacky


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I couldn’t stop laughing after hearing about former New York State Governor George Pataki (1994 – 2006) considering once again to run for president by entering the 2016 Republican presidential primary. No one who truly believes in limited government, balanced budgets, reduction in long-term debt and support for the free enterprise system signed up for […]

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