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Beth Fertig

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200 New NYC Schools?

Friday, December 13, 2002

Around the city, low-performing high schools are being broken up into smaller schools - with three or four sometimes sharing the same building. Studies show smaller schools are more effective. And Chancellor Joel Klein hopes to create 200 new schools over the next few years. But neighborhood high schools are ...

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History of a Budget Gap

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

As Mayor Bloomberg grapples with closing a 7 and a half billion dollar budget deficit over the next 2 years, New Yorkers may be wondering how the city got into this mess. September 11th was obviously a huge factor. Fiscal monitors say the city is also suffering from the slowdown ...

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Mayor Prepares City for Deep Cuts

Friday, November 15, 2002

Mayor Bloomberg says urgent steps are needed, to close the city's growing budget deficit. With a shortfall of one billion dollars this year...and a deficit approaching six and a half billion dollars next year...the mayor prepared the city for deep cuts in spending and new tax hikes. We have three ...

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Mayor Bloomberg Proposes New Commuter Tax

Thursday, November 14, 2002

Mayor Bloomberg is releasing his plan to close a one billion dollar deficit this year. The mayor intends to raise property taxes. But he also proposed a new tax on commuters. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

For months, mayor Bloomberg has been warning New Yorkers that the city's fiscal crisis is ...

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McCall and Pataki Try to Energise Core

Thursday, October 31, 2002

As the clock runs out, Democrat Carl McCall and Republican Governor Pataki are both trying to energize their CORE supporters. This, as a new poll finds Pataki's lead over McCall is widening. We have two reports. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein looks at how Pataki is wooing upstate voters. But first, WNYC's ...

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Pataki and the Upstate Economy

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Polls show New York Voters say the economy is their top concern this election season. Republican governor George Pataki argues he's the best candidate to deal with the current recession because of his success in creating 600 thousand jobs over the past 8 years. But most of those jobs were ...

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Different Views of State Comptroller

Monday, October 21, 2002

Carl McCall's decision to challenge governor George Pataki means there's an open seat for the job of State Comptroller. Two candidates are vying for the post - Republican State Assemblyman John Faso and former City Comptroller Alan Hevesi.

The state controller is responsible for auditing government agencies and managing one of ...

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Pataki's Education Record

Wednesday, October 09, 2002

Governor Pataki is hoping to pick up a big endorsement for his re-election campaign. City teachers are expected to give him their support today when the union's delegate assembly meets. A nod from the teachers could help bolster Pataki's standing with voters on the education issue. As WNYC's Beth Fertig ...

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Firemen on September 11th

Thursday, September 12, 2002

As anticipated, yesterday was a solemn day for the city's firefighters. Nearly one out of every ten people who died last September 11th was a New York City firefighter and each firehouse held its own ceremony to commemorate the loss. WNYC's Beth Fertig has this report on those remembrances.

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Ground Zero Vendors

Monday, September 09, 2002

Vendors selling World Trade Center trinkets will have to move further away from Ground Zero on the one year anniversary of the attacks... because of heightened security that day. Some people wish these peddlers would disappear for good. But as WNYC's Beth Fertig reports they're probably here to stay.

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A Reformer Who Can Shake Up Albany?

Tuesday, September 03, 2002

In his race for governor, Democrat Andrew Cuomo portrays himself as a reformer who can shake up Albany. He often cites his leadership of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. As Assistant Secretary and, later, Secretary of HUD under former President Bill Clinton, Cuomo was charged with turning ...

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Housing Scams

Wednesday, July 31, 2002

This summer, a thirteen year old boy was allegedly murdered by two young squatters who thought he had stolen a dollar. Patrick Bhola's body was found in a vacant building in Bedford Stuyvesant. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, housing scams in the neighborhood are leaving more properties at risk of ...

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New Schools Chancellor

Tuesday, July 30, 2002

Now that he's persuaded Albany to give him control over the schools, Mayor Bloomberg has chosen a new Chancellro to succeed Harold Levy. Yesterday, the mayor named Joel Klein, the former Justice Department prosecutor who led the anti-trust case against Microsoft. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The selection of Joel Klein ...

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Verdict in '97 Louima Case

Thursday, July 18, 2002

In New York, a federal jury has convicted a former police officer of perjury in connection to the 1997 assault on Haitian immigrant Abner Louima. But the jury was unable to deliver a verdict on three other counts, including the charge that Schwarz helped another officer carry out the attack. ...

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Community School Boards Phased Out

Tuesday, July 02, 2002

One year from now, the city's 32 community school boards will cease to exist. State lawmakers voted to phase out these local boards when they gave Mayor Michael Bloomberg control o the school system. For years, the community school boadrs have been criticized for being more concerned with politics than ...

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Decision Reversed in NYC School Funding Case

Wednesday, June 26, 2002

Education activists are promising to appeal a decision by an appeals court that said a Manhattan Judge went too far when he ordered New York to change it's funding formula in city schools. The State Supremem Court's appelate division reversed what had been considered a landmark ruling which could have ...

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More Work Hours for Welfare Recipients?

Monday, June 24, 2002

The debate over welfare reform moves to the senate this summer as lawmakers consider changes to the 1996 welfare law. President Bush wants to make welfare recipients work more hours. But some New Yorkers, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, worry that's going to be too hard to do here in New ...

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Mayor and City Council Finally Reach Budget Deal

Thursday, June 20, 2002

It's a budget that borrows and scrapes. By borrowing one point five billion dollars and scraping bits and pieces from agency in the city, the mayor and the council claim they've been able to close a staggering five billion dollar deficit without too much pain.

A swarm of cameras recorded ...

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What's Next for Bloomberg and Schools?

Monday, June 17, 2002

There's nothing in writing just yet. But Mayor Bloomberg says he has an "understanding" with state leaders on a deal giving him control over the city schools. The agreement follows months of negotiations and marks the mayor's first big accomplishment since taking office this year. WNYC Reporter Beth Fertig joins ...

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Bloomberg Gains Control of Schools

Monday, June 17, 2002

Now that Mayor Bloomberg finally has control over the city schools, what happens next? The current board of education members will meet for the last time this week. Their contracts expire at the end of the month. As the mayor prepares to take over the school system, WNYC's Beth Fertig ...

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