Beth Fertig

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

NYC Transit Takes New Safety Steps

Thursday, August 02, 2007

New York City Transit and the Transport Workers union say they've taken new safety steps, following a report which found basic safety steps were ignored prior to the deaths of 2 track workers. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Daniel Boggs and Marvin Franklin were each ...


MTA Explores Possible Fare Hike

Thursday, July 26, 2007

The MTA's proposed fare hike is just one part of a four year financial plan that will be closely scrutinized by board members before the end of the year. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The MTA's pension and welfare costs are rising and so is ...


New York's Steam Network Considered Highly Effective

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Despite the alarming and deadly steam pipe explosion on 41st street this week, most of Manhattan south of 96th street continues to get its heat and hot water thanks to steam. A hundred and five miles of steam pipes are buried several feet below the ...


Talks Continue on Congestion Pricing

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Despite the breakdown earlier this week, talks continue in Albany over a way to salvage Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Governor Spitzer cancelled a trip to Buffalo today to continue negotiating. And aides to a few Assembly Members say they were ...


Gridlock in Albany on Mayor's Congestion Pricing Plan

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg may think the traffic in midtown Manhattan is bad… but he’s now seeing a different form of gridlock: the one in Albany. Bloomberg’s plan to charge drivers who enter Manhattan did NOT win approval from state lawmakers yesterday, even though he warned that ...


Flooding and High Temps for NYC in Long Term

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Rising sea levels, hotter summers and damaged crops are all part of the long term forecast for the region, according to a new report on climate change. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

If current levels of greenhouse gas emissions continue, summer in New York could feel ...


Congestion Pricing Fight Continues

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Republican Senate Leader Joseph Bruno says he'll call a special session on Monday to vote on Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan. But as WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, the legislation still faces an uphill fight.

Bruno accompanied the mayor to Washington yesterday, where they met with the ...


Parents Voice School Concerns

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Parents and teachers alike had a lot of questions at a hearing last night about the Bloomberg administration's plan to use hundreds of millions of dollars in new school aid. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: After 14 years of litigation, parents and education advocates said ...


City Creates Plan to Spend Extra Cash

Friday, July 06, 2007

The city's education department has come up with a plan to spend another billion dollars in state and local funds this year. A good part of that will go toward reducing class sizes. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The extra funds were included in the new ...


Parents Looking for Spitzer’s Support

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Parents of children with special education needs want Governor Spitzer to sign a bill that will make it easier for them to get services. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The bill is aimed at helping parents who claim their children's physical or learning disabilities aren't being addressed ...


Power Outages on UES, Bronx

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Con Edison is still investigating the cause of yesterday's outage that could have been triggered by a thunderstorm. About 380,000 people were affected on the Upper East Side and the West Bronx between 3:42 and 4:30 pm. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, the power company ...


Policing the New York City Public Schools

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Whether entering an office building, or going to the airport, a brush with security guards and metal detectors is increasingly becoming inevitable. But heightened security is also a fact of life for New York City public school students. How that security is administered has come ...


Special Ed Test Scores Are Up

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Test scores are up among special education students in New York State, but these students are still performing at the bottom of the class. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Special education students often lag behind their peers because of learning disabilities that aren't swiftly addressed. On ...


Teaching Improv to Teachers

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Improv is usually associated with comedy groups like the Upright Citizens Brigade or Chicago’s Second City. But classroom teachers also use improvisation exercises to help their students work together and become more creative. A new program is training city teachers how to use these improv techniques. But the program is ...


School Confiscation Results

Thursday, June 14, 2007

The city's Education Department says more than 250 weapons and dangerous instruments have been confiscated in the past year through random scanning. WNYC's Beth Fertig has the details.

REPORTER: The items include box cutters, blades and knives, as well as pepper spray, scissors and tools. They ...


Spitzer Backs Congestion Pricing

Friday, June 08, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg's plan to charge drivers who enter Manhattan faces its first big test. A State Assembly committee is meeting in the city. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The hearing on congestion pricing comes just as Bloomberg's proposal is picking up speed. Yesterday, Governor Elliot Spitzer ...


Congestion Pricing Gets Thumbs up From Albany and Washington

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan got a big boost today from both the governor and the federal government. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The US Transportation Department says New York is among nine finalists for grants to reduce congestion. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters called Mayor ...


Small Schools Report Released

Friday, June 01, 2007

A comprehensive new study finds smaller schools often do perform better than large ones, but they also have their own drawbacks. WNYC's Beth Fertig reports.

Small schools are increasingly seen as the antidote to large, low performing high schools and New York City has opened about ...


Hearings Proposed in Albany for Congestion Pricing

Thursday, May 31, 2007

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he wants to hold public hearings on Mayor Bloomberg's plan to charge drivers who enter Manhattan. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Silver didn't say when he would schedule the hearings, only that he wants to meet with the Assembly's ...


London’s Mayor Shows the way into Congestion Pricing

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Representatives from 40 of the world's largest cities joined international business leaders today in Manhattan for the ongoing summit on climate change. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

London Mayor Ken Livingstone told the conference that cities can't afford to wait for their national governments to take ...