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Beth Fertig

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Token Booth Clerks Lose Their Booths

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

The first phase of the Transit Authority's plan to move clerks out of their token booths starts in 3 weeks, when agents at seven stations in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn will move to other side of their glass dividers.

The TA says its plan isn't ...


School Safety Agents Cause Tensions

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

It was just over a year ago that Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration sent hundreds of extra safety agents and police officers to the city’s most troubled schools, following an outbreak of violence. The effort has reduced crime by 40 percent at those schools. But as ...

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MTA Puts Off Renovations

Friday, April 29, 2005

MTA board members reluctantly voted to postpone renovating 12 subway stations because Albany's budget fell short of what they requested. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, the Second Avenue Subway and a Long Island Rail Road link to Grand Central may also be in jeopardy.

The Authority ...


Subway Thieves Focus on Cell Phones, Ipods

Thursday, April 28, 2005

The Transit Authority says extra police added to buses and subways ended an uptick in crime, but that thefts of portable MP3 players and cell phones are still sharply on the rise.

There was an 18 percent rise in bus and subway felonies during the first ...


Chancellor Thinks Assist. Principal Will be Removed

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says he anticipates that an Assistant Principal in Queens will be removed from her job now that an investigation has confirmed that she called a class of Haitian students "animals."

The Education Department's investigator interviewed fourth and fifth graders in a Haitian ...


City Removes Teacher Guilty of Sexual Misconduct

Friday, April 22, 2005

The city has won its fight to remove a teacher who was found guilty of sexual misconduct in 1998. The victory comes as Mayor Bloomberg says the recent cases involving teachers charged with sexual misconduct with their students demonstrate the need for new disciplinary rules.

Cary ...


TA Tries to Improve Service

Thursday, April 14, 2005

The President of the New York City Transit Authority said his agency is trying to improve service delays, which went up by 12 percent last year.

TA President Lawrence Reuter said the agency is doing more to clean up trash, and will try to combine more ...


Parents Call for Principal's Ouster

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Haitian parents and community members are demanding that Chancellor Joel Klein fire the principal and assistant principal of an elementary school in Queens Village, over allegations of racist behavior.

The parents claim their children were humiliated by one of the administrators and that the other tried ...


DA Dismisses Charges on Bronx Principal

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

The Bronx district attorney has agreed to dismiss the charges against a principal accused of assaulting a police officer.

Michael Soguero was arrested in February for allegedly trying to prevent an officer from removing a disruptive student. Following his court appearance this morning he said the ...


Columbia Starts Formal Complaint Procedure

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Columbia University will implement a more formal procedure for students to complain about their professors. The move follows the controversy over a Middle East studies professor accused of creating an anti-Israel atmosphere.

The changes were announced in a letter by Columbia President Lee Bollinger as a ...


Report Released on Trade Center Collapse

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

It’s been three and a half years since the World Trade Center was destroyed by terrorists. Yesterday, federal investigators released their most comprehensive report yet on how the Twin Towers collapsed and how well people were evacuated. WNYC’s Beth Fertig has more.

The investigation into the ...


Federal Report on WTC Collapse Released

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Federal investigators today, will release their most-detailed analysis of why the World Trade Center collapsed.

Federal investigators have already hypothesized that the towers didn't fall because of their lightweight floors or insufficient fireproofing. Those factors may have played a role. But investigators have suggested that it ...


Keeping Building Security Secure

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Government agencies like the FBI and police departments aren’t the only ones dealing with a security clampdown in the years after the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Those involved in designing building security are also affected. As they strive to make our infrastructure safer, some say they’re ...


The MTA, the Stadium and the Jets

Friday, April 01, 2005

The New York Jets won unanimous approval from the MTA for their plan to build a stadium over the Hudson Rail Yards yesterday.

The vote clears the way for dramatic change in Manhattan and will bring the troubled transit agency more money.

WNYC's Beth Fertig takes a ...


CUNY Programs Helps Small Law Firms

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Not all New York lawyers make six figure salaries and get to work in offices with expensive art and views of the Manhattan skyline. The New York State Bar Association says about a quarter of its members in New York City work in small firms ...


Shocking Street Light Will Get Fixed

Friday, March 25, 2005

Con Ed says it didn't know about a partially open street light in Chelsea, near where a dog was shocked by stray voltage. Last year a woman was killed by stray voltage, and at least three dogs have been shocked this year. WNYC's Beth Fertig ...


Neediest Students Crowd Worst Schools

Monday, March 14, 2005

New York City parents and educators have long suspected that students with the greatest needs are being concentrated in the worst public high schools.

An investigation by WNYC News finds special education students and English Language Learners are, in fact, over-represented in the city’s most violent ...


NYC Schools Improving

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Public schools in New York City are improving, though not all at the same rate. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The state looked at how many schools were meeting their annual performance targets during the 2003-2004 academic year.

Eighty more schools than the previous year met their ...


Bad Roads Cost NY'ers Big Bucks

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

New York's roads and bridges are in a sorry state of repairs and, according to a new study, it's costing motorists. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

More than two thirds of the State's major roads are in poor or mediocre condition, according to the American Society ...


Subway Report Finds Safety Lacking

Thursday, February 24, 2005

A new report finds switches on the MTA's subway tracks weren't always inspected as often as required, putting passengers and crews at risk.

The switches connect different lines of track. They're supposed to be visually inspected every day, to see if they've been jarred loose by trains.

But after an anonymous complaint, ...