Beth Fertig

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Union Members Stage Vigils Outside Toussaint's Cell

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Members of TWU Local 100 are staging round-the-clock vigils outside the Lower Manhattan jail where their president, Roger Toussaint, is serving a 10-day sentence for last year's transit strike.

Toussaint arrived at the jail after a bouyant march across the Brooklyn Bridge with hundreds of workers. He said he had no ...


Faster Bus in the Works for Upper East Side

Thursday, April 20, 2006

The Second Avenue Subway is still years away. But a faster bus line could be coming to the East Side of Manhattan and to other neighborhoods that are under-served by rapid transit. WNYC’s Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Imagine catching a city bus at a little island that juts out into ...


Toussaint Vows to Fight Millions in Fines

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

The president of the Transport Workers Union is vowing to fight a judge's decision to fine the union $2.5 million for last year's illegal strike. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The union had argued that it would be crippled by the financial penalties, and might have to layoff its staff. But ...


Transport Union Back in Court Over Fines

Monday, April 10, 2006

The Transport Workers Union is heading back to court again today, as the MTA seeks to suspend the union's membership dues following December's 3-day strike. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Membership dues are worth about 20 million dollars a year. The union claims its management would be crippled without the revenues, ...


Mayor Calls Borough Park Residents Inappropriate After Riot

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Mayor Bloomberg says residents of Borough Park acted inappropriately by rioting after the arrest of an Orthodox Jewish man. But he says the Police Department will look into its handling of the incident. Two other men were arrested.

REPORTER: Meanwhile, as WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, residents of the Hasidic community claim ...


Program Aims to Cut Diabetes by Improving Kids' Eating Habits

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Health officials estimate that about one in eight adults in New York City has diabetes. The increasingly widespread disease is becoming more and more common among children, too. Doctors believe poor nutrition and exercise habits play a role in the epidemic. WNYC’s Beth Fertig reports on a new program that’s ...


LIRR Link to Grand Central Terminal Raises Questions

Monday, March 20, 2006

The federal government is on the verge of giving New York initial funding to connect the Long Island Rail Road from Queens directly to Midtown. The $8 billion project is called East Side Access and it involves building a new train station 14-stories under Grand Central Terminal. As WNYC’s Beth ...

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Arbitration May Be Inevitable for MTA and TWU

Friday, March 17, 2006

The MTA and the Transport Workers Union appear to be heading toward binding arbitration, now that a state appointed conciliator has concluded the two sides have nothing left to talk about. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The recommendation was made after the mediator spent a day of shuttle diplomacy earlier this ...


Report Finds Ethics Problems with Tutoring Enrolment

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Some tutoring companies offered struggling schools cash incentives to enroll more students in their services, according to a city investigation.

Tutoring is big business. Providers can get up to $2,000 per student for working with schools that receive federal money under the No Child Left Behind Law.

The Special Commissioner of Investigation ...


Rikers Island Inmates Complete Writing Project

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Rikers Island is infamous for its jail. But with 11,000 inmates waiting weeks or months for their court appearances, the facility also has to provide its younger residents with a school. The Horizon Academy is open to inmates between the ages of 19 and 21 who want to continue their ...


MTA Way Behind on Security Upgrade

Thursday, March 02, 2006

A new report by State Controller Alan Hevesi finds the MTA is far behind its self-imposed deadlines for upgrading security after the 9/11 attacks. WNYC's Beth Fertig reports.

REPORTER: Security reasons prevented Hevesi from detailing which projects are behind schedule. But out of 16 that were listed as high priority, he ...


TWU Petitions for Second Vote

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Petitions are circulating within the Transport Workers Union requesting a second vote on the contract that was rejected last month by only seven votes. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The petitions are going around several bus depots in Brooklyn. John Paul Patafio chairs the Jackie Gleason depot.

PATAFIO: I believe that ...


MTA Defends Subterranean Transit Hub

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The MTA is defending its plans to build a new transit hub fifteen stories below Midtown. The East Side Access project would connect the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central Terminal. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The president of the MTA's Capital Construction division says the agency is moving ...


Charter School Advocates Start Lobbying Albany

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Two-thousand-six is a critical year for the future of charter schools in New York State. Governor Pataki has proposed lifting the cap that allowed only 100 charters statewide. Supporters claim these publicly-financed but privately-managed charter schools are strong alternative to regular public schools, and they’re seeking to convince state lawmakers ...


Campaign for Fiscal Equity: FAQs

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Audio: CFE’s attorney and former director Michael Rebell explain the lawsuit

Frequently Asked Questions about the Campaign for Fiscal Equity Lawsuit

1) What is the Campaign for Fiscal Equity Lawsuit?

The Campaign for Fiscal Equity is the name of a group of education advocates and parents from New York City. They ...


MTA, Union Moving Slowly on Contract

Friday, February 10, 2006

Despite recent talks, the Transport Workers Union and the MTA seem no closer to a deal than they were when the union rejected its contract last month by 7 votes. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The union says the latest discussions have been more about process than substance - with no ...


Gov Gives City Power to Double Charter Schools

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Governor Pataki wants to give the city schools chancellor the power to create up to 50 more charter schools. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

New York State authorized a hundred charter schools when the law was signed in 1998, and the state has now reached that limit. With support from parents ...


Half-Hour Plus, Added to School Day for Thousands

Monday, February 06, 2006

The school day will get a little bit longer for more than 300-thousand New York City public school children today. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The schedule change is part of the new teachers contract. Most schools are adding an extra 37 and-a-half minute class, four days a week. These classes ...


Subway Conductors More Likely to Vote 'No'

Thursday, February 02, 2006

A new tally released by the Transport Workers Union shows that subway workers were more likely to vote no on their contract with the MTA than bus workers. The contract was rejected last month by only 7 votes. About 70 percent of subway condutors and train operators voted no. WNYC's ...


TWU Meeting Erupts in Shouting Match

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Opposing forces inside the Transport Workers Union erupted into a raucus shouting match last night, after union leaders held their first executive board meeting since members rejected their contract with the MTA. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Dissidents within the union claim they were marginalized during the meeting by President ...