Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

Stephen Nessen reports for the WNYC Newsroom and can often be heard live on Morning Edition

Since 2008, his work at WNYC has varied from chronicling the transformation of the World Trade Center through photos and radio stories, to profiling the city’s most unique characters, like a tabloid crime photographer, Mohawk Ironworker and Cuban Salsa legend Arsenio Rodriguez. He spent a year reporting on the oldest family in one of the city’s oldest public housing projects for a four part series. During Hurricane Sandy, he reported extensively in Brooklyn and Queens and continues to report on recovery in the Rockaways. His stories are often featured on NPR, and his photos have been the subject of a Yahoo television show.

Stephen Nessen appears in the following:

NYPD Releases Some Fare Evasion Data, but Advocates Says Not Enough

Thursday, October 04, 2018

The NYPD has released fare evasion data for nine months ending this June. This comes after nearly a year of not complying with a city law that required it to do so.

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The BQE Debacle, What's Next at NYFF, Cheerleaders Fight for Fair Pay

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Stephen Nessen & City Councilmember Stephen Levin on the crumbling BQE. Dennis Lim & Florence Almozini on the NYFF. Diane Todd & Juliet Macur on cheerleaders' pay.

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City's Plan to Raise Wages for Uber and Lyft Drivers Met with Skepticism on All Sides

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

The city's Taxi and Limousine Commission wants to raise wages for the app-based ride hailing companies, but the drivers and companies aren't happy about it.

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Surprise: Advocates Give MTA High Marks on Buses, Other City Agencies Failing

Monday, October 01, 2018

Getting the city's buses to run on time requires several city agencies to do their part. A group of transportation advocates report that not every agency is pulling its weight.

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New York Settles With Federal Officials Over Cuomo's Illegal Highway Tourism Signs

Friday, September 28, 2018

New York state was ordered to remove 514 highway signs because they violate federal highway regulations.

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MTA Gets Rare Praise for Its Paratransit Service

Monday, September 24, 2018

The MTA's year-long e-hail pilot for paratransit is ending and riders are begging the MTA to continue the "life changing" service.

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Introducing 'Living Here with Kate'

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Kate Hinds & Stephen Nessen on the current state of the MTA.

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Postcard from Seoul: How the Other Side Rides

Thursday, September 13, 2018

When transportation reporters travel, they do what most people do: visit museums, eat the local delicacies. But they also inspect the local subway system.  

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Phil Murphy Promised More Transparency at NJ Transit. But It's Only Gotten Worse.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The public used to be able to learn a lot about what the transit agency's board was voting on at meetings. Not so anymore.

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Mario Cuomo Bridge Fully Opens Saturday Morning

Friday, September 07, 2018

The final span of the Tappan Zee bridge replacement was a pet project of Gov. Cuomo.

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City Bypasses State, Passing Its Own School Speed Camera Law

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The city's school speed cameras are back. After an impasse in Albany, and a summer of protests, a rare trio worked together to find a solution: The governor, mayor and City Council.

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Citi Bike's Pedal-Assist E-Bikes Have Hit the Streets

Monday, August 20, 2018

Citi Bike added its first 200 pedal-assist electric bikes to its fleet of 12,000 two-wheelers. 

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Uber Can't Expand Any More in New York. Or Can It?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The app-based car service company had been receiving as many applications in a day as they used to receive in a month.

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NYC Votes To Regulate Uber

Thursday, August 09, 2018

WNYC transportation reporter Stephen Nessen discusses the implications of regulations on Uber and other ride-hailing services.

NYC Caps Ride-Hailing Vehicles While It Studies The Industry

Thursday, August 09, 2018

The New York City Council has voted to limit the licenses of ride-hail vehicles such as Uber and Lyft. The legislation will also force companies to enforce a minimum wage for drivers.

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New York City Passes Legislation Restricting Growth Of Ride-Hailing Apps

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

New York City passed a law Wednesday capping the number of ride-hailing cars from companies such as Lyft and Uber for one year.

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District Attorneys Also Push New York State to Renew School Speed Cameras

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Four district attorneys are calling on the state to renew the speed camera program that expired at the end of July. The Senate, Assembly and governor appear deadlocked on the issue.

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MTA to Hold Public Meeting on Environmental Impact of L Train Shutdown

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Following a federally-mandated review of the mitigation plans, the MTA will discuss those and other concerns at a public meeting Monday night.

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City Council Creates Office for Discrimination at TLC as Battle Over Uber Bills Heats Up

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

As the City Council is poised to vote on a series of bills that would be the first in the country to clamp down on ride hailing apps, the industry and unexpected allies are pushing back.

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Fair Fares Arrive After 4-Year-Long Wait

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Now that the city has agreed to pay for half-priced MetroCards for New Yorkers living at or below the federal poverty level, it needs to figure out how to do it.

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