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Beth Fertig

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Neediest Students Crowd Worst Schools

Monday, March 14, 2005

New York City parents and educators have long suspected that students with the greatest needs are being concentrated in the worst public high schools.

An investigation by WNYC News finds special education students and English Language Learners are, in fact, over-represented in the city’s most violent and failing schools. At the ...

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NYC Schools Improving

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Public schools in New York City are improving, though not all at the same rate. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The state looked at how many schools were meeting their annual performance targets during the 2003-2004 academic year.

Eighty more schools than the previous year met their targets in English and one ...

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Bad Roads Cost NY'ers Big Bucks

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

New York's roads and bridges are in a sorry state of repairs and, according to a new study, it's costing motorists. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

More than two thirds of the State's major roads are in poor or mediocre condition, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. A similar ...

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Subway Report Finds Safety Lacking

Thursday, February 24, 2005

A new report finds switches on the MTA's subway tracks weren't always inspected as often as required, putting passengers and crews at risk.

The switches connect different lines of track. They're supposed to be visually inspected every day, to see if they've been jarred loose by trains.

But after an anonymous complaint, ...

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Stadium Impasse - Lawmakers Weigh In

Friday, February 04, 2005

The New York Jets and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority say they're at an impasse over the value of a site for a West Side Stadium and are heading for arbitration. Now state lawmakers are getting into the fray. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The stadium would sit over the MTA's West ...

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West Side Stadium Leads to Competing Values

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

The controversy surrounding a West Side Stadium grew noisier yesterday, as the MTA and the Jets released WILDLY competing estimates of how much money the "building site" is worth. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Jets President Jay Cross must have known his team was on the defense when he invited reporters ...

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Transit Workers Keep Ailing A Line on Track

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Subway riders are scrambling to master different ways of getting around, following the loss of a critical signal room in a fire last weekend. The fire at Chambers Street has led to a slowdown of A train service and the elimination of all C trains for the next few months. ...

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MTA Brings Outside Help to Subway Fire Investigation

Thursday, January 27, 2005

The MTA is asking a consultant to study the fire that destroyed a signal room at Chambers Street on Sunday, disrupting service on the A and C lines.

Transit Authority president Lawrence Reuter says employees are working hard to restore rush hour service in 6 to 9 months. He also acknowledges ...

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Transit Authority President Re-explains A and C Rehabilitation

Thursday, January 27, 2005

It wasn't exactly a mea culpa. But the head of the New York City Transit Authority, Lawrence Reuter, today acknowledged he could have been more clear when he initially said it could take 3 to 5 years to restore A and C train service, following Sunday's fire at the Chambers ...

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Con Edison After Jodie Lane

Saturday, January 15, 2005

One year ago this weekend, a thirty-year old woman was accidentally electrocuted while walking her two dogs in the East Village. Jodie Lane stepped on a metal service box that was not properly insulated by Con Edison. Lane was the first New Yorker killed by stray voltage. WNYC’s Beth Fertig ...

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Sri Lankans Send Help From New York

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

The powerful underwater earthquake that destroyed so many coastal communities in southern Asia over the weekend also shook up many New Yorkers. Those most affected include the more than two thousand Sri Lankans living in New York City . About a third of them reside on Staten Island , according ...

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Learning Through Comic Books

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Comic books are a rite of passage for most kids. But one local educator also thinks they have potential "superpowers" for learning. The Comic Book Project is an after school program that's trying to improve literacy by teaching kids to make their own comics. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Some kids ...

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The Fate of New York's Death Penalty

Thursday, December 16, 2004

The fate of New York’s death penalty is now in the hands of the State Assembly. The law was struck down in June on a technicality. Governor Pataki and Senate Republicans want to fix the law quickly so it's back on the books. But Assembly Democrats are taking a closer ...

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New Yorkers Brace for MTA Fare Hikes

Monday, December 13, 2004

Commuters and subway riders are expected to get bad news this week. On Thursday, the MTA board will vote on plans to raise fares on the Long Island Railroad and Metro North, as well as bridges, tunnels and the city’s bus and subway system. If approved, it will be the ...

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City Schools Could Get State Funding Windfall

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

New York City’s schools could get an additional $5.6 billion a year in state aid, if a judge accepts the findings of a special panel. The panel released its recommendations today following eleven years of litigation by a group of parents and education advocates. Amy Eddings talks with Beth Fertig ...

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Verrazano Bridge Turns 40

Sunday, November 21, 2004

When the Verrazano Narrows Bridge opened forty years ago this weekend, it was the world’s longest suspension bridge. The Brooklyn Historical Society has mounted a new exhibit about the bridge. WNYC’s Beth Fertig has more.

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On November 21st, 1964, nearly 5000 people attended a ...

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Public Hearings Look into MTA's Fare Plans

Friday, November 12, 2004

We've been hearing a lot this week about the MTA's proposal to hike the cost of subways, buses and tolls. There were public hearings in New York City and in the suburbs. And Friday a State Assembly committee spent almost two hours grilling the executive director and chairman of the ...

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MTA Holds Public Hearings on Fare Hike

Monday, November 08, 2004

After weeks of headlines about a fare hike, the public finally gets a chance to weigh in during a series of MTA hearings, which begin today. The first one is on Staten Island . WNYC's Beth Fertig reports on what the authority is proposing, and why its deficit has ballooned. ...

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The New York "Conscience" Behind Kerry's Campaign

Friday, October 29, 2004

If John Kerry wins the presidential race next week, he may owe a big thanks to a certain New York political consultant. Bill Lynch is best known as the man who made David Dinkins New York 's first African American mayor. Now, Lynch is running Kerry's get out the vote ...

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Shuttered Subway Station Opens for Historic Ride

Wednesday, October 27, 2004



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It was one hundred years ago today that Mayor George McClellan rode the first New York subway train from City Hall to Harlem. Today, Mayor Bloomberg recreates that historic journey by climbing onboard a ...

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