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Shenal Tissera

Shenal Tissera

Shenal Tissera is a Staten Island-born freelance writer. Before writing for BK Reader, he graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.S. in computer science and worked in software consulting. He now lives in Brooklyn and covers labor issues, policy, community events, profiles and sports, including the Brooklyn Nets. He has also written for Bushwick Daily.

When he’s not reporting, Shenal likes to cook, read and watch sports.

Recent Work by Shenal

Mayor Backs Hochul on Congestion Pricing Reversal

Mayor Backs Hochul on Congestion Pricing Reversal

The governor shared her thoughts with Mayor Eric Adams about two weeks prior to her announcement.
Mayor Welcomes Border Tightening by President Biden

Mayor Welcomes Border Tightening by President Biden

The mayor discussed how the president's executive order stemming the flow of migrants will help the city, and other matters during his regular Tuesday press briefing at City Hall.
Mayor Working on Plan to Expand Broadband Access for Low-Income New Yorkers

Mayor Working on Plan to Expand Broadband Access for Low-Income New Yorkers

A federal program that provides New Yorkers high speed internet access is expiring this month.
Adams Defends NYPD's Response in Pro-Palestinian Protest in Bay Ridge

Adams Defends NYPD's Response in Pro-Palestinian Protest in Bay Ridge

The mayor also came under scrutiny for his conversation with pro-Israeli business leaders during his weekly press briefing.
Mayor Says More Work is Needed on NYPD Mental Health Responses

Mayor Says More Work is Needed on NYPD Mental Health Responses

"I don't think we have it 100% right now. We need to continue to evolve to get it right the best way we can,” Mayor Eric Adams said, referring to the fatal shooting of Win Rozario by the NYPD.
Gowanus Area Development Moves Forward, Amidst Flood Challenges and Canal Cleanup Efforts

Gowanus Area Development Moves Forward, Amidst Flood Challenges and Canal Cleanup Efforts

Some residents worry about more floods, while others welcome the boost in housing supply.
City Kicks Off Cannabis Shop Inspections, Dispels Arsenic Poisoning

City Kicks Off Cannabis Shop Inspections, Dispels Arsenic Poisoning

During his regular weekly press briefing, the mayor talked about the closure of illegal cannabis shops, NYCHA arsenic issues and the DOE data breach.
Outcry in Clinton Hill Over City Inaction on Shelters

Outcry in Clinton Hill Over City Inaction on Shelters

Many residents want a much larger involvement from the city, and for smaller shelters to be set up around the five boroughs.
NYPD is Doing Great Job at Columbia University, Mayor Says

NYPD is Doing Great Job at Columbia University, Mayor Says

The mayor talked about the protesters at the university prior to their arrests on Tuesday night as part of his regular midday press conference.
The 7 7, Where Prospect Lefferts Gardens Drips With Local Talent

The 7 7, Where Prospect Lefferts Gardens Drips With Local Talent

Seven people perform for seven minutes at 7pm. Try saying that seven times.
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