Author Archives: Larry Penner

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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.

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?


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

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


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

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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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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