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.

Gridlock in Washington


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

Blame both President Obama and Congress for the continued gridlock in Washington. The president spends more time building up frequent flyer mileage, going on vacations, playing golf and traveling around the nation for Democratic Party fundraisers. Now he is off to a two week vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. Congress is no better having just adjourned […]

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$161 million dollars down the drain?


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Has anyone noticed the recent media blitz by the Empire State Development Corporation at taxpayers’ expense? The total cost of this ongoing seven month media blitz is now $161 million dollars and counting.  The commercials run in heavy rotation several times per hour on television stations. They have a catchy beat reminiscent of Bobby McFarins […]

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Gov. Cuomo’s transportation reinvestment commission


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At the end of the day Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s creation of a Transportation Reinvestment Commission to develop a 100 year blue print to plan for the future of public transportation will not be worth the paper any final report is printed on.  It will however like many previous planning studies or commissions, generate him some […]

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Queens Republicans peace talks –too little, too late


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After decades of internal civil wars for control of the Queens County Republican Party, the most recent factions sat down for peace talks.  Sadly, it is too little too late. With the recent indictments of both GOP Councilmember Dan Halloran and Queens County Republican Party Vice Chairperson Vincent Tabone, NYC Councilman Eric Ulrich is now […]

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The looming Long Island Rail Road strike


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On April 24, 1834, the Long Island Rail Road was officially chartered by the State of New York. In 1900, the Pennsylvania Railroad bought a controlling interest as part of its plan for direct access to Manhattan which began on September 8, 1910. The Pennsylvania Railroad subsidized the LIRR into the late 1940s.  This provided […]

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Happy 95th anniversary New York Daily News


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Several weeks ago, the New York Daily News raised its weekday price from 75 cents to $1.25 and $1.50 on Saturdays.  Just last week, they celebrated 95 years of publishing.   As a teenager in the 1960s, I can still remember being able to buy four newspapers for less than a dollar and getting change back. […]

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New Midtown Port Authority Bus Terminal


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Port Authority of New York and New Jersey board member Kenneth Lipper’s call for a new bus terminal earlier this year may be too little too late.  This comes after a past announcement one year ago in June 2013 that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will hire a consultant to conduct […]

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Passing of state Sen. Roy Goodman


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The recent death of former Manhattan eastside silk stocking district Republican state Sen. Roy Goodman marks the end of an era.  Under the leadership of Goodman, who served as a state senator (1969-2002), the GOP elected numerous public officials.  Goodman also served as  chairman of the New York Republican County Committee succeeding Vincent Albano serving from […]

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Happy 126th anniversary to Katz’s Deli


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Congratulations to Katz’s Delicatessen on your 126th Anniversary! You even survived a recent major water main break and quickly reopened. Eating at Katz’s Delicatessen in the Lower East Side of Manhattan is a religious experience for those who enjoy great deli. Forget the fancy tablecloths, waiters and sparkling bottled water in other restaurants. Go to […]

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Major metropolitan New York transportation projects have to compete against others for funding


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Queens faces competition within the New York metropolitan area for potentially $70 billion plus needed to fund major capital improvements. Millions to billions more could be necessary by the time any project is completed and the true final costs are accounted for. Everyone has their own priority wish list which in many cases conflicts with […]

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Scott Stringer’s ‘Triboro X’ line – promises made, promises not kept?


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In 2012, Manhattan Borough President and future 2013 Democratic Party primary NYC comptroller candidate Scott Stringer called for construction of a new “Triboro X” subway line.  This would connect Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.  It made a great sound bite at the time and got Stringer some free publicity.  But you have to ask two […]

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Ali Najmi versus David Weprin for 24th Assembly seat


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Glens Oaks lawyer Ali Najmi is contemplating running against career politician New York State Assemblyman David Weprin in the 24th State Assembly District.  Najmi makes an interesting candidate.  Starting in the 1990s, the Weprin family political base has declined. Sons and daughters of Jewish, Italian, Irish and Catholic voters have moved to Long Island, Hudson […]

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Senator Schumer’s Port Authority reforms


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Senator Charles Schumer’s seven point plan for reform of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey shows chutzpah.  Consider these talking points. Schumer calls on the Authority to stop spending money on projects which take away from its basic mission and transportation.  Since his election to the Senate in 1998, he has been […]

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New York Press Association newspaper awards


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There is still more to the recent New York Press Association newspaper awards. In New York City, most major daily newspapers miss significant news and political stories from local neighborhoods in the five boroughs of Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. Weekly newspapers based in Queens such as our own Queens Courier, along with […]

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Happy 180th anniversary Long Island Rail Road


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Let us all wish a happy 180th anniversary to the Long Island Rail Road. On April 24, 1834, the Long Island Rail Road was officially chartered by the State of New York. In 1900, the Pennsylvania Railroad bought a controlling interest as part of its plan for direct access to Manhattan which began on September […]

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