Ailsa Chang

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Post-Sandy, Residents Gut Hard-Hit Rockaway

Monday, November 12, 2012

A lot of residents in the Rockaway section of Queens walk around wearing surgical masks. The streets are jammed with sanitation trucks, supply trucks and tractors. It looks and sounds like a construction area, but it's not. It's a demolition zone as residents gut their homes to fight mold.

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Holiday Jobs Come With Uncertainty For Workers

Saturday, October 06, 2012


Retailers expect to hire, but for seasonal workers, the hours can be scarce — and unpredictable.

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Shootings in the City: A Tale of Two Neighborhoods

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Two neighborhoods are still reeling from two fatal shootings on Friday. A gunman opened fired near the Empire State Building, leaving nine injured and two dead, including the shooter. A few hours earlier, a 13-year-old boy had become the latest child shooting victim when he was killed a few blocks away from his Brownsville home. Midtown Manhattan and Brownsville, Brooklyn: neighborhoods that have had vastly different experiences with gun violence.


Bronx DA Declines to Prosecute

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

WNYC reporter Ailsa Chang discusses her months-long investigation that reveals that the Bronx DA declines to prosecute far more cases than other borough's DA's.

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Cycle of Mistrust Leaves Crimes Unprosecuted in the Bronx

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A policy may be causing prosecutors to give up on cases too soon in the Bronx. Some veteran police officers say, moreover, that it effectively substitutes the individual victim’s judgment for the community’s – though it’s the community’s interest that law enforcement is supposed to serve. And Bronx residents say the breakdown in relations between the public and the authorities prompts at least some crime victims to take justice into their own hands.

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In the Bronx, Victims Get 24 Hours to Talk – Or the DA Lets the Accused Walk

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A months-long WNYC investigation has revealed that those accused of crimes in the Bronx have a greater chance of walking away without any charges than anywhere else in the city.

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Map: NYPD Finds Most Guns Outside Stop-and-Frisk Hotspots

Monday, July 16, 2012

Using data from the New York City police department, WNYC mapped all street stops by police that resulted in the recovery of a gun last year.  The digital map shows an interesting pattern — the areas where the NYPD finds guns are not necessarily the places where the police are devoting the most stop-and-frisk resources.

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Amid Criticism, Kelly Defends Rhetoric as Community Leaders Push Back on Tone

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly is taking heat for remarks he made this week accusing elected officials of spending more time criticizing police than offering ideas about howc to stop violence in their communities.

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The NYPD and "Reasonable Suspicion"

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Judges have overturned some convictions arising from the city's controversial stop-and-frisk program, saying NYPD officers didn't have the needed "reasonable suspicion" to stop and frisk the suspects. WNYC reporter Ailsa Chang looks at how individual officers make that call.

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On the Street, Cops Say Stop-and-Frisk Is About Judgment Calls

Monday, July 09, 2012

As the debate over the NYPD's stop-an- frisk tactics continues, so too does the debate over what constitutes reasonable suspicion of criminal activity before an officer can stop someone. Both former and current cops say  “reasonable suspicion” may be easy for lawyers and judges to define, but — on the street — deciding when to stop someone can be a difficult judgment call.

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NY Facing 'Crisis' With Immigration Lawyers, Study Finds

Sunday, July 01, 2012

There is a “crisis” in the quality and availability of immigration lawyers in the state, the New York State Bar Association says in a new report.

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The Greene Space

Single in New York: Women's Stories

Friday, June 22, 2012

7:00 PM

Single – by choice or by circumstance. There’s never been a better time or a better place than New York to live solo.

Political Pressure Caused Cuomo's Pot Plan to Go Up in Smoke

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo says it's "highly unlikely" that a bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possession in public view will pass before Albany ends its legislative session Thursday.

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Single in New York: Women's Stories

Friday, June 15, 2012

WNYC reporter Ailsa Chang previews next week's Single in New York event in the Greene Space, and explains what it means that New York has more never-married women than any other U.S. city -- and what kind of stereotypes persist about singles living in New York.  

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Council Members Propose NYPD Oversight Amid Criticism

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The calls for oversight come as rancor continues to swell over the police department's stop-and-frisk practices and news reports about the NYPD's surveillance of Muslim communities within and outside of New York City.


Stop-and-Frisk Developments

Monday, June 11, 2012

WNYC reporter Ailsa Chang reports on the latest developments in the ongoing controversy over the NYPD's use of stop-and-frisk.


Support for Cuomo’s Pot Legislation Remains Divided

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Democratically controlled state Assembly is expected to take up a version of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana this week. But the Senate Majority Leader has indicated he does not support decriminalization.

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NYC Political Leaders Take Stop-and-Frisk Issue to Capitol Hill

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

For the first time, New York City leaders will make a concerted effort to formally bring the stop-and-frisk issue to the attention of Congress.


Albany and City Hall Roundup: Arrests, Livery Cabs, Casinos, Soda

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

WNYC reporter Ailsa Chang and Capital New York political reporter Azi Paybarah discuss the Cuomo administration's decision to put pressure on the NYPD stop and frisk policy; the collapse of the Queens casino deal; livery cab bill latest; and the fallout from Mayor Bloomberg's war on big soda.

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The Evolution of Cuomo’s Push to Lower Pot Arrests

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Under current law in New York, possessing a small amount of marijuana is only a crime if it's in public view.  On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo put his political muscle behind a bill that would make that a violation, not a crime ― meaning you only get a ticket and pay a fine. Cuomo's sudden announcement took many by surprise, but it was a decision that had been unfolding for months.

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