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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.

Give David Weprin credit for the original idea
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 4/15/2014 at 11:56AM

Give credit where credit is due. New York state Sen. Tony Avella recently called for a new police precinct. When New York State Assemblymember David Weprin was chairperson of the New York City Finance Committee from 2002 to 2009, he advocated creation of the new 116th Precinct out of the existing 105th NYPD Precinct, before [...]

Governors Island 11 years later
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 4/07/2014 at 9:37AM

Consider how little progress has taken place since the transfer of Governors Island in 2003 from federal to state control for one dollar. This has left taxpayers frowning. Fast forward 11 years to 2014. Many benefits promised by numerous elected officials have yet to be seen. In 2003, the federal General Services Administration (GSA) estimated [...]

Remember the days of clean subways?
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 3/27/2014 at 9:15AM

Results from the recent Straphangers Campaign “subway shmutz” survey concerning cleanliness of NYC subway train cars weren’t always this bad.  In the 1960s it was common to find penny gum and soda machines at many subway stations. Clean and safe bathrooms were readily available. It was a time when people respected authority and law. Previous [...]

Public transportation ridership grows
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 3/17/2014 at 6:11PM

The recently released American Public Transportation Association report highlighted that public transportation ridership in 2013 was greater than any time since 1956.  Various operating agencies of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, including New York City Transit bus and subway, MTA bus, Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad, had a 3 percent plus increase in ridership [...]

Fraternity hazing and a cup of coffee for seniors
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 3/09/2014 at 6:36PM

New York State Assemblyman David Weprin proposed legislation that would expand the state’s current anti-hazing statute by prohibiting all physical conduct and physical activities required from fraternities during the pledging ceremonies is over the top.  Each year millions of college students each year successfully join a fraternity or sorority.  All survive and go on to [...]

Change at Penn Station for the Bronx?
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 3/02/2014 at 7:37PM

Governor Andrew Cuomo and other public officials recently embraced a potential $1 billion investment for transportation improvements in the Bronx that could have long term impacts for residents of Great Neck, Little Neck, Douglaston, Bayside, Auberndale, Murray Hill, Flushing, Floral Park, Bellrose, Queens Village, Hollis, Jamaica, Woodside and other Queens neighbors who ride the Long [...]

Speaker Silver’s 20th anniversary
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 2/24/2014 at 7:09PM

This month is the 20th anniversary for Democratic State Assemblymember Sheldon Silver’s reign as speaker of the New York State Assembly.  Many wonder how he has lasted so long given all the scandals committed by many former members of the Democratic State Assembly caucus over his tenure.  The answer is simple. Speaker Silver rules the [...]

Happy 101st anniversary to Grand Central Terminal
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 2/16/2014 at 9:26AM

Let us all rejoice in celebrating the 101st Anniversary of Grand Central Terminal, which first opened on Feb. 2, 1913. Contrast this with the late, great Penn Station Terminal, which was destroyed in the name of progress in 1962. Fast forward, 52 years later. Penn Station is still a shell of its former glory. There [...]

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 2/08/2014 at 3:44PM

Current GOP Westchester County Executive Rob Asterino, who is contemplating running against Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, could learn a lot from the late former Republican Westchester County Executive Andrew O’Rourke. In 1986, when no one else would step forward, he took up the challenge as the Republican/Conservative Party candidate to run against then-Democratic Governor Mario [...]

Will the curtain come down on GOP State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos in 2014?
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 1/30/2014 at 3:43PM

Previously under the leadership of New York State Senate majority leader Dean Skelos Republicans added a 63rd seat to the State Senate, along with favorable gerrymandering.  This was designed to stay in power and protect as many incumbents as possible after the 2010 reapportionment.  Despite all this, Skelos may still face future oblivion in the [...]