Beth Fertig

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The Lights Are On, But It's Not Business As Usual in Queens

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The lights may be back, but businesses in Northwest Queens are still trying to recover after last month’s blackout. Some were without power for more than a week and say Con’s Ed’s offer to reimburse them for spoiled food, alone, doesn’t begin to cover the costs. As WNYC’s Beth Fertig ...


Con Ed CEO Promises Queens Blackout Inquiry

Friday, August 04, 2006

Con Ed took the heat again yesterday, as state assembly members grilled the company's chief executive about the response to last month's blackout in Queens. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

All along, Con Ed has insisted it didn't know that about 25,000 customers, totaling 100,000 people, were affected during the blackout ...


Bronx Residents Struggle Against Heat

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Parts of the Bronx have been without power or only limited power since last night, as Con Ed crews continue working to restore their service. WNYC’s Beth Fertig visited the Fordham section to see how people were coping and filed this report.

REPORTER: Residents of the Fordham neighborhood probably didn’t think ...


Girls Rock At Camp

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Think “summer camp” and you’re probably picturing bright-colored scenes of kids outdoors playing softball or swimming. But this week, about 65 girls attended an indoor camp where they learned how to play drums, guitars and keyboards. The kids from the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls are performing their original ...


New Small Schools Still Have Few Special Ed Students

Friday, June 30, 2006

A key part of New York City's effort to reform its schools has been breaking up large, failing high schools into smaller and more personalized ones. Last year, an investigation by WNYC found that students with learning disabilities and other special needs were less likely to be enrolled in these ...


Fighting To Open More Charter Schools

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

As the school year comes to an end, some New Yorkers are already looking ahead to 2007. They’re still hoping to open new charter schools – even though the governor’s plan to authorize 150 more was killed by the legislature last week. Black and Latino legislators have been especially supportive ...


School Forms Now Include "Other" Option for Race Category

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

The category "other" will now be an option for mixed-race students when they fill out school forms. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: States are allowed to use as many racial designations as they want on student forms. But New York's education department says the No Child Left Behind ...


Greater Energy Conservation Delays Need For New Power Plants, City Says

Monday, June 26, 2006

The city won't need to build any new power plants until at least 2012, thanks to greater energy savings. WNYC's Beth Fertig reports.

REPORTER: There were predictions that the city's growing energy demands would require new power plants sooner. But the city now says greater conservation efforts have ...


Fifth Graders Could Be in Academic Trouble

Friday, June 16, 2006

The number of City third graders in danger of being held back next year has fallen for the second year but a greater percentage of fifth graders could be in academic trouble.

Only 9 percent of third graders scored low enough to be encouraged to go to summer school, almost half ...


Preserving The WTC Wreckage

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Tomorrow, a developer named by Governor Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg will make his recommendations for revising the World Trade Center memorial design. The project is being scaled back because its budget had grown to almost a billion dollars - including infrastructure. What is certain is the final memorial will include ...


Parents Still Feel Powerless in Community Education Councils

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Abolishing the city's community school boards hasn't helped empower parents in the system, according to one new study. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The old school boards were criticized for their cronyism. And there was little voter turnout during elections. When Mayor Bloomberg took over the school system in 2002 ...


Race And Class

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

This week we've been taking a look at how disabled students in New York City are less likely to graduate than any other group of students. As in other big cities, they also are disproportionately black and Latino. But WNYC found that black students make up a dramatically high percentage ...


Teaching While Educating

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

This week we're taking a look high school graduation rates for New York City's special education students, and how they lag behind their peers statewide. These rates are low despite the fact the city spends a lot on special education students -- threeand a half billion dollars a year, or ...


Mob Cops Try for New Trial

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The two former City police officers convicted of killing eight people while moonlighting for the Lucchese crime family were sentenced to life in prison - but the judge's sentence can't be imposed yet. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Brooklyn Federal Judge Jack Weinstein called the conspiracy case one of the most ...


Yamilka's Journey

Monday, June 05, 2006

June is graduation month, and across New York State, about half of all disabled high school students will receive a real, academic diploma. But in New York City, not even one out of four disabled children is likely to get such a diploma. Most special education students who graduate actually ...

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MTA: Cameras In Subway Cars Could Deter Graffiti

Monday, May 22, 2006

The MTA is going to explore using video cameras to crack down on graffiti in subway cars. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Graffiti and acid-based window etchings known as scratchiti have been a growing concern for the transit system. Arrests are up and the transit authority is spending millions of dollars ...


Tram to Remain Down Through the Summer

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Roosevelt Island's famous tram won't be back in service until September, at the earliest. Officials say a full upgrade is needed following the malfunction in April that stranded passengers. WNYC's Beth Fertig reports.

Engineers say faulty wiring was the cause of last month's Tram malfunction. They've installed a new primary electrical ...


FDNY and MTA Agree on Evacuation Plan for Rail Tunnel

Saturday, May 13, 2006

The Fire Department and the MTA have agreed to provide extra access for firefighters in a deep underground tunnel of the new Long Island Rail Road terminal, which is to be built in Midtown. The compromise comes after WNYC learned that the Fire Department was unhappy with the MTA’s original ...


More Exits Added to Rail Tunnel After Meeting of MTA and Fire Dept.

Friday, May 12, 2006

The Fire Department and the MTA have agreed to provide extra access for firefighters in a deep new train tunnel that will bring the Long Island Rail Road from Queens to Grand Central Terminal. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The compromise comes after WNYC learned that the fire department was unhappy ...


Pataki to WTC Memorial: Keep Fundraising

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Governor Pataki is urging the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation to continue fundraising, despite concerns over the growing costs. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The foundation suspended its fundraising because the costs for a memorial and underground museum had escalated and board members wanted to make sure the design wouldn't ...