Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

Stephen Nessen appears in the following:

Report: Upstate Pols Wield Heavy Influence on City Housing Policies

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Republican state senators are the top recipients of campaign contributions from New York City's real estate industry, but over 70 percent of the politicians receiving these funds are not from the city, reported the non-profit advocacy group Common Cause New York.


Experts Say City Will Struggle to Prove Stop-and-Frisk Judge Is Biased

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A federal judge ruled that parts of the city's stop-and-frisk policy are unconstitutional. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has vowed to appeal the decision, claiming the judge was biased against the NYPD. But legal experts say say that won't be easy to prove.


In Two Chinatowns, John Liu's Popularity Wavers

Friday, August 09, 2013

Comptroller John Liu is hoping to be the city’s first Chinese-American mayor, but he was denied public matching funds this week. That means a loss of more than $3 million. The campaign finance board said Liu’s campaign violated the program's rules. It cited a federal trial that ended with two of Liu’s former campaign aides being found guilty of illegal fundraising. 

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Grand Jury Refuses to Re-Indict Officer Who Shot Bronx Teen

Thursday, August 08, 2013


The family of a Bronx teen shot dead in his own home by police last year has learned that a grand jury will not re-indict the officer. A Bronx judge tossed out an earlier indictment against officer Richard Haste in May, due to erroneous instructions given to the grand jury at the time.


NYPD Agrees to Erase Names in Stop-and-Frisk Database

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Within 90 days the New York Police Department will erase hundreds of thousands of names and addresses it has collected during stops and frisks. Those are the terms of a settlement the city reached with the New York Civil Liberties Union.


City to Reexamine Tree Management After Woman Killed in Park

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The New York City Parks Department is reviewing its tree management procedures after a 30-year-old pregnant women was killed by a falling tree in Kissena Park on Sunday.

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Report Finds Home Health Care Workers Earning Poverty Wages

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The majority of the city's home health care aides are earning poverty or near poverty wages, according to a new report from the health care advocacy coalition Alliance for a Greater New York. The report finds 62 percent of those surveyed earn less than $25,000 a year.

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Radio on the Television: Documentary Profiles Eclectic Host

Monday, August 05, 2013

There will be a rare sighting in the New York region Monday night, call it "radio on the television."  A new documentary about WBAI's radio host Bob Fass premiers on PBS at 10 p.m.


Beach Planned for Under the Brooklyn Bridge

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Yes. Or, at least, there will be.

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Red Cross Reversed Eligibility for Sandy Aid, Watchdog Says

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Hundreds of Sandy victims may be denied access to thousands of dollars in Red Cross funds because of a change in the eligibility requirements made without their knowledge, a watchdog group claims.


Weiner Says No Timetable for Hiring New Campaign Manager

Monday, July 29, 2013

Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner isn't giving a timetable for when or if he plans to replace the campaign manager who quit over the weekend — but he remained defiant about continuing on in the race.


In a Rare Decision, New Yorker Is First in Decades Sentenced to Death

Thursday, July 25, 2013

A man convicted of killing two detectives on Staten Island in 2003 has been sentenced to death by a federal jury. Ronell Wilson is the first federal defendant in New York to get a death sentence in 40 years, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.


Officers Could Be Asked to Staff 911 Call Center

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The city's new 911 call center has come under fire for so-called outages — and now adequate staffing is becoming a concern, police say.


Jet Removed From LGA Runway After Landing Gear Mishap

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

LaGuardia Airport was fully reopened Tuesday after the collapse of a plane’s landing gear sent it careening down the tarmac — temporarily closing the facility and sending at leas...


Catching the Wave: Black Surfing Scene Takes Off in the Rockaways

Thursday, June 20, 2013

"I was like, ‘Wow, black guy surfing?’ And they were all crowding around him like he was freaking Mick Jagger or something." — Louis Harris, who was inspired to surf by fellow black athlete.

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To Neighbors, Gandolfini Was Far From Gruff Mob Boss He Played on TV

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

"[He was] just a nice neighborhood person, who happened to be famous." — Sara Mattler, who works in the Tribeca building owned by Gandolfini

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The 'Most Expensive Beach in America' Gets More So

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

This summer the beaches in the Rockaways may be more crowded than in past years. That's because there is less beach to bask on: Sandy made it a lot narrower. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will start to replace that lost sand, making the most expensive beach in America even more costly.

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Major BAM Development to Move Forward After Delays

Monday, June 17, 2013

The city council approved a 32-story, mixed-use apartment building and cultural center known as BAM South on Monday.

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Fighting Unwanted Cat Calls, One Poster At A Time

Saturday, June 15, 2013

It's hard to go unnoticed in New York City, with everyone checking out the latest fashions and hairstyles. As the weather warms, some women who are shedding those winter layers are finding themselves the object of more cat calls, whistles and roving eyes than they'd like.

Artist Tatayana Fazlalizadeh is ...


City Close to Hitting 911 Response Goal

Friday, June 14, 2013

The city's goal of responding to serious medical emergencies in 10 minutes or less 90 percent of the time is close to success — but isn't there yet, according to a report released Friday by the Independent Budget Office.