Beth Fertig

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

It's Getting Tougher to Breathe in Some New York City Schools

Monday, December 08, 2008

More than half are in Brooklyn, with large numbers in Queens and Manhattan. Local sources of pollution include Brooklyn's Pfizer Plant and Navy Yard, Long Island City's Keyspan Power Station, and New Jersey refineries.

But EPA Regional Spokesman Elias Rodriguez says the newspaper's findings are limited, ...


Three Schools Closing for Poor Performance

Friday, December 05, 2008

Three of the city's public schools are being closed for poor performance.

The city's Education Department says MS 44 on the Upper West Side, PS 90 in the Morrisania section of the Bronx, and PS 225 in Rockaway Park, Queens, all received a D or an ...


Special Ed Enrollment Rising in Some Small High Schools

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

New York City has opened about 200 small new schools since Mayor Bloomberg took office. The effort is part of a national movement to phase out large failing high schools. Many education advocates believe these smaller and more personalized schools are good environments for special ...


Trash on the Tracks: Recycling in NYC's Subways

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Recycling is the law of the state, and New Yorkers are used to seeing blue and green bins in their communities and at public agencies. But not in the subway system. New York City Transit has a completely different way of sorting its trash. WNYC ...


Retirements Among Air Traffic Controllers Mean More Jobs

Friday, November 16, 2007

Laguardia, Newark and Kennedy consistently have the most delays of any of the nation’s airports. Every hour, they each handle between 80 and 100 arriving and departing planes. All of that traffic is managed by air traffic controllers. With thousands of them nearing retirement age, ...


Concern over city plan to build schools in contaminated area

Monday, November 12, 2007

Some Bronx residents want the city to conduct an extra review of its plans to build 4 new schools on a former manufacturing site in Mott Haven. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The new schools are going up on a site that previously hosted a ...


Union Prevented from Automatically Collecting Member Dues

Friday, November 09, 2007

A Brooklyn judge has ruled that the Transport Workers Union cannot resume automatically deducting membership dues from the paychecks of bus and subway workers.

The so-called dues checkoff was taken away earlier this year as a penalty for the union's 2005 transit strike and the union ...


Grand Central Shuttle Gets Riders Highest Ratings

Friday, November 09, 2007

Subway riders have given the 42nd Street Shuttle a B-minus, the highest grade so far of the 11 lines that have gotten passenger reviews. Results for two other west side lines came in with the number 2 train getting a C and the 3 line ...


A Train Incident Injures Transit Worker

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

A subway motorman was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital after a southbound M train leaving City Hall-Chambers Street struck a bumper block at the end of the station at around 11 o'clock this morning. New York City Transit says the train was not in passenger ...


City Schools Get Graded

Monday, November 05, 2007

Most of the city's 14-hundred public school principals got their grades today, as the city gave out its first ever progress reports. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, there were many surprises.

REPORTER: About 60 percent of the schools got As and B's. But some schools that ...


MTA Bears No Grudge

Friday, November 02, 2007

WNYC reporter Beth Fertig explains the controversy over the MTA's stand to support allowing, conditionally, the TWU to start deducting union dues automatically again -- without first promising never to strike. Gene Russianoff, staff attorney for the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) Straphangers Campaign, agrees with ...

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Transit Union Has to Promise Never to Strike Again

Friday, November 02, 2007

The MTA is willing to let the transit union collect dues from its members again unless it threatens another strike. The union lost its right to automatically take dues from members' paychecks after the illegal citywide transit strike in 2005.

REPORTER: MTA Spokesman Jeremy Soffin says ...


City Principals Get Graded

Thursday, November 01, 2007

City principals will get their grades next week. The Education Department is handing out it’s first-ever progress reports. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The reports will have A through F letter grades for each school. They factor in the school's environment, its test scores, and ...


City Schools Change Admissions to Gifted Programs

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

New York City is making the admissions process for gifted and talented programs in the public schools more uniform. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The city is planning to guarantee admission to a local gifted and talented class to any child who scores in the 95th ...


MTA: Fare Hike A "Go"

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The MTA says it's still planning for a fare hike next year, despite the pleas of transit riders and politicians who showed up for today's monthly board meeting.

REPORTER: Westchester Assemblyman Richard Brodksy delivered a letter signed by 45 lawmakers asking the MTA to delay a ...


Washington Meeting Aims to Reduce Area Air Traffic

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The US Transportation Secretary has scheduled a meeting today in Washington, aimed at reducing delays at JFK airport. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Traffic at JFK has grown by 40% in the past year and a half, and delays are among the worst in the nation. ...


Number Seven Train Extension Faces Cost Overruns

Monday, October 22, 2007

MTA officials say they won't be able to start construction on a new subway station at 41st Street and 10th avenue unless they come up with an extra $450 million dollars in the next nine months.

REPORTER: The number 7 train extension from Times Square to ...


Cash Merits for Successful Teachers

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Teachers at 200 of the city's lowest performing public schools may be eligible for up to $3,000 each if their scores go up this year. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The teachers union has been historically opposed to merit pay. Union president Randi Weingarten says ...


Teachers May Earn Cash for Improving Student Achievement Levels

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Teachers in 200 of the city's low-performing public schools will be eligible for cash rewards if they raise test scores this year. Mayor Bloomberg says the program will encourage teachers to work in struggling schools while also challenging them to do more for students.



Transit Advocates Work to Prevent Fare Increase

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

In a preview of the fight to come, a coalition of lawmakers and transit advocates has sent a letter to the MTA asking to postpone any fare hike until April 15th - after the state budget deadline.

REPORTER: Assembly Democrat Richard Brodsky says the MTA should ...