Beth Fertig

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

Is FDNY HazMat Ready?

Thursday, February 27, 2003

The fire department's Hazardous Materials unit was created over 20 years ago to handle industrial accidents with toxic chemicals. But ever since the first World Trade Center attack ten years ago, the department has also had to focus on terrorism. Today's potential threats include a chemical, biological or radiological attack. ...


Elimination of Community School Districts Causes Uproar

Friday, February 07, 2003

When Mayor Bloomberg announced his plan to eliminate community school districts, last month, he said the change was all about improving education.

BLOOMBERG: Children and parents are not concerned about protecting bureaucrats. They want quality schools and that's what we're going to deliver.

But while Bloomberg won applause at that speech ...


Parents Have Questions in Wake of Bloomberg Reforms

Friday, January 31, 2003

As Mayor Bloomberg continues to shake up the school system, with his recent reforms, teachers and principals aren't the only ones struggling to keep up. Parents also have lots of questions about what these changes will mean in the classroom, and what role they will play in the process. WNYC's ...


Bloomberg's Reforms Will Shake Up Classrooms

Thursday, January 30, 2003

In the past 2 weeks, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced a breathtaking series of education reforms. When these changes go into place this fall, they'll not only shake up school administration. They'll also affect what's being taught in the classrooms. In the first of a 2 part series, WNYC's Beth ...


Can Albany Help NYC Out of Budget Woes?

Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Now that mayor Bloomberg has released his 44 billion dollar budget plan, all eyes are turned to Albany. The mayor is asking the state to help the city close its 3 point 4 billion dollar deficit by enacting a personal income tax on commuters, and other forms of aid. We ...


Federal Agency Looks Into WTC Collapse

Friday, January 10, 2003

In the next few months, federal investigators will begin sending out hundreds of surveys to survivors and rescue workers who were at the World Trade Center on September 11th. The surveys are part of a larger, 2 year study into precisely how the twin towers collapsed. Researchers are hoping to ...


Unemployment in New York City

Tuesday, December 24, 2002

On December 28th, unemployment benefits will run out for more than 60 thousand New Yorkers. Congress authorized an extension for job seekers who had exhausted their regular benefits - which are typically 26 weeks. But lawmakers failed to approve another extension before the end of the year. Recently, President Bush ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...