Beth Fertig

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Disability Advocate Checks Up on NYC Transit

Friday, December 02, 2005

In 1984, New York City Transit agreed to make its buses and subways more accessible for people with wheelchairs. The move followed a landmark lawsuit by disability advocates. Now, a 21-year-old college student is fighting to make sure that agreement is enforced throughout the transit ...


Katrina Evacuees in NYC Wait for Aid

Friday, November 11, 2005

It’s been two-and - half months since Hurricane Katrina forced more than half a million residents of the New Orleans area out of their homes. Most of those evacuees are scattered throughout Louisiana and Texas. But almost every state has accepted some, including New York. ...


'Yes' on Transit Measure Means Millions for 2nd Ave. Subway

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

New Yorkers approved a statewide measure to borrow $2.9 billion for transportation projects. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: With a big yes from the voters, several major transit projects in New York City are now back on track. The Second Avenue Subway, which has been ...


Prop. 1 & 2 Raise Questions of Thier Own

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Also on the ballot today are two statewide questions, giving New Yorkers a say on transportation funding and the state budget. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Elected officials and transit advocates have been rallying behind Proposition 2. The Transportation bond act would authorize the state ...


The Four Questions

Friday, November 04, 2005

When New Yorkers go to the polls on Tuesday to select their candidates, they'll also see two statewide ballot questions. Opponents and supporters of Proposition Numbers 1 and 2 have been campaigning to draw attention to these proposals. They're densely written but they address the ...


A Closer Look at Bloomberg's School Reform

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Michael Bloomberg has made reforming the public schools a major theme of his mayoralty. In 2002, he captured the Holy Grail that eluded previous New York Mayors when he dismantled the old Board of Education and took control of the schools. Since then, he’s made ...


Holiday Fare Reduction May Cause Confusion on Election Day

Friday, October 28, 2005

Now that MTA board members have endorsed a holiday fare reduction, some fear New Yorkers may be less inclined to vote in favor of a ballot initiative to borrow more money for transit. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The Transportation Bond Act, or Proposition Two, ...


Transportation Bond Act Suddenly in the Spotlight

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

New York voters get to decide next month whether the state will borrow billions of dollars for transportation projects ranging from subways to highways. But as WNYC’s Beth Fertig reports, the Transportation Bond Act has gotten little attention. Until now.

REPORTER: The transportation bond act is ...


Bloomberg Asks for More Housing in Lower Manhattan Plan

Monday, October 24, 2005

Mayor Bloomberg's new stance that Lower Manhattan's redevelopment should be revised has provoked some strong reactions. The mayor said he would much prefer to see more residential space than is currently in the mix and he would like developer Larry Silverstein off the project.


Assemblyman Calls City Evacuation Plan Inadequate

Friday, October 21, 2005

Despite revisions following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, State Assemblyman Richard Brodsky claims the city's emergency evacuation plan is still inadequate. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Brodsky - a Westchester Democrat who's running for Attorney General - held a hearing last month that was highly critical ...


City Council Proposes Plans for Spending State Windfall

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

A City Council commission has detailed how the Department of Education could spend a windfall of billions of dollars it's expecting from the state.

The independent commission's latest and most ambitious proposal would be to create a new district of Lab schools where teachers, principals and ...


Transportation Bond Act Gaining Support

Monday, October 17, 2005

Political leaders are ramping up support for the Transportation Bond Act, which goes to the voters next month. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The bond act would authorize $2.9 billion in transportation spending over five years for upstate and downstate. Projects in the New York ...


Fierce Race for Manhattan Borough President

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

The position is mostly symbolic, but there's a fierce race for the job of Manhattan Borough President.

There are nine Democrats running to replace borough president C. Virginia Fields. Assemblyman Scott Stringer was ahead in a recent poll and has broad support from labor unions. Stringer's also ...


Bloomberg Visits Schools as Classes Begin

Friday, September 09, 2005

With education a major theme of his re-election campaign, Mayor Bloomberg visited three schools to mark the first day of city classes.

REPORTER: Bloomberg read to first graders at PS 376 in Bushwick, which now has its first gifted and talented class. But the mayor learned ...


More Schools in NYC Than Ever Before

Thursday, September 08, 2005

It's the first day of class for New York City public students. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, the city has more schools now than ever before.

The Education Department says there are now 14 hundred and eight public schools. That's an increase of 178 since Mayor ...


Report Finds City Classes Getting Smaller

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

A new report finds city classes are getting smaller, at least in the lower grades.

REPORTER: The Independent Budget Office looked at kindergarten through third grade, only. It found the average class size last year was 21 point 3 students - compared to 21 point 6 ...


Communication Breakdown

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Since the July bombings in the London transit system, New Yorkers have been reminded of the real potential for a similar attack in the subways. Police have been searching bags. And the MTA has now hired Lockheed Martin to upgrade electronic surveillance. Our best barometer ...


Relief Agencies Advise New Yorkers to Donate Cash

Friday, September 02, 2005

Relief agencies say frustrated New Yorkers who want to help the relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina should stick with sending cash, and not try to assist in person.

REPORTER:The professionals providing relief say they know the media accounts are heart wrenching. But they say there's a ...


FDNY Adds Subway Cars to Training Academy

Thursday, September 01, 2005

The Fire Department has added subway cars to its training academy on Randall's Island, in an effort to get all new recruits ready to work underground. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: There are no rats, and the tracks are strangely free from garbage. But the ...


7,000 Summer Schoolers Move to Next Grade

Monday, August 29, 2005

Almost seven thousand third and fifth graders who were in danger of being held back, will now move on to the next grade after passing summer school. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Fifty-five percent of the third graders who scored at the lowest levels on ...