Beth Fertig

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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...

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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Toussaint Released After 5-Days in Jail

Friday, April 28, 2006

Transport Workers Union Local 100 president Roger Toussaint was released from jail in Lower Manhattan this morning to the cheers of union members, after serving half of his 10-day sentence. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Toussaint thanked correction officers for treating him with dignity and ...


MTA Refuses to Ratify Union Deal

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Despite the pleas of union members, the MTA board declined to consider ratifying the contract deal that was approved by the Transport Workers Union on a revote this month. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Members of the Transport Workers Union were hoping to pressure the ...


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. ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...