Blog: Penner’s Pen


Penner’s Pen

Larry Penner is a concerned self described taxpayer and citizens’ civic activist who will be blogging about government, budgets, politics, economic and civil liberties issues of interest to local residents. He has been an avid letters to the editor contributor for over twelve years. His works have been periodically featured on the pages of The Queens Courier along with many other daily and weekly newspapers in Queens, the Metropolitan New York area and various magazines around the nation.


Queens Republicans peace talks –too little, too late
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 7/21/2014 at 1:19PM

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 [...]

The looming Long Island Rail Road strike
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 7/15/2014 at 12:17PM

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 [...]

Happy 95th anniversary New York Daily News
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 7/07/2014 at 5:40PM

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. [...]

New Midtown Port Authority Bus Terminal
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 6/29/2014 at 5:35PM

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 [...]

Passing of state Sen. Roy Goodman
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 6/23/2014 at 10:49AM

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 [...]

Happy 126th anniversary to Katz’s Deli
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 6/15/2014 at 7:13PM

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 [...]

Scott Stringer’s ‘Triboro X’ line – promises made, promises not kept?
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 5/30/2014 at 4:32PM

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 [...]

Ali Najmi versus David Weprin for 24th Assembly seat
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 5/20/2014 at 1:45PM

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 [...]

Senator Schumer’s Port Authority reforms
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 5/13/2014 at 9:59AM

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 [...]