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.

Municipal elected officials are the Grinch this holiday season


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

Once again this holiday season, out of work, part-time, single income, poor, seniors, working and middle-class residents looking for reasonable-priced holiday gifts will have to pay more. This is thanks to elected officials who believe they know what is best for you. Polls of ordinary New Yorkers continue year after year and now decade after […]

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I miss my old neighborhood diner


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

It was a sad day for Lakeville and Great Neck residents four years ago today when Scobee Diner in neighboring Little Neck closed their doors for the very last time on Nov. 28, 2010. Growing up in the neighborhood during the late 1960s and early 1970s, going to Scobee was part of my life and […]

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None of the above beat Cuomo


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

Over the last 12 months, the New York State Economic Development Corporation (with the permission and direction of Gov. Andrew Cuomo) has spent over $160 million in taxpayer dollars for a series of feel good ads. The commercials ran in heavy rotation several times per hour on television stations. They have a catchy beat reminiscent […]

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Queens Republicans go the way of the dinosaur into extinction


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

Queens Republicans have failed to provide voters with alternatives to the Queens Democratic Party machine monopoly, giving them free passes for another two-year term for virtually all public offices. There was a time decades ago when Queens Republicans routinely elected members to Congress, state Senate, Assembly and City Council. After the 1982 reapportionment, Democrats eliminated […]

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Why is Cuomo hiding from Astorino?  


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo is following the infamous Rose Garden strategy of ignoring underdog Republican challenger Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and refusing to participate in a series of public debates between now and Election Day. He recently did the same for the Democratic Primary by refusing to participate in any debates with his totally unknown, under-financed opponent Zephyr […]

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Schools are open, but Walmart is not


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

Schools are open, but once again out-of-work, single income, poor, working and middle class parents looking for reasonably priced clothing and educational supplies had to pay more. This is thanks to elected officials who believe they know what is best for you. Year after year and now decade after decade, polls of ordinary New Yorkers […]

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