Beth Fertig

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

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 ...


A Day in the Life: C. Virginia Fields

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Mayoral Candidate C. Virginia Fields has been in government for more than 15 years, as a City Councilmember from Harlem and as the current Manhattan Borough President. She’s now hoping her experience will propel her to become the first woman elected Mayor. As part of ...


FDNY Tapes Narrate Chaos and Heroism

Friday, August 12, 2005

The New York City Fire Department today released almost five hours of dispatch tapes from the 2001 September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

» Hear extended excerpts of the dispatch tapes

The tapes were released following ...


FDNY to Release 9-11 Dispatch Tapes

Friday, August 12, 2005

Dispatch tapes from the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center will be released today by the Fire Department. The Department was forced to release the material following a lawsuit by the New York Times and 8 family members. It's also releasing the transcripts ...


Six Train Earns High Marks on Subway Survey

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The six train earned the highest marks in an annual survey of subway conditions. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The non-profit Straphangers Campaign looked at mechanical failures, quality of train announcements, cleanliness and service disruptions for each line. It then came up with a rating based ...