Beth Fertig

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

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. ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


End of Recovery at WTC Site

Friday, May 17, 2002

A ceremony marking the end of the cleanup at the site of the World Trade Center will be held on May 30th. There is no plan yet for transforming the plot of land that is now called Ground Zero into a new, living part of the city that also honors ...


A Watershed at Risk - Are We Protecting Our Water?

Friday, May 03, 2002

The biggest long-term threat to New York City's drinking water might not be the drought… or even terrorism. Environmentalists believe the city's upstate reservoirs are actually more endangered by pollution. Water quality is still high, but it has been declining over the years. This month, the Environmental Protection Agency will ...


The Edison Vote - One Year Later

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

It was just over a year ago when parents at five low-performing New York City schools rejected a takeover by the private company Edison Schools. At the time, Schools Chancellor Harold Levy portrayed the vote against privatization as a sign of faith in public education. Today, two of those five ...


New York City's Budget War

Thursday, April 18, 2002

The budget war has now begun at City Hall. Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg released his executive budget, revising earlier projections about the city's deficit. With a gap that's now grown to five billion dollars, the mayor says deep cuts are needed. But he still opposes the City Council's plan to avoid ...


Mayor Bloomberg Quoted in Pro-Pot Ad

Thursday, April 11, 2002

He's not suing. And he's not denying it, either. Mayor Bloomberg is downplaying advertisements by a marijuana reform group which quote him admitting to having used the drug.


City Council Raising Taxes?

Monday, April 08, 2002

The City Concil is considering raising the city's personal income tax surcharge. The council is expected to release its response today to Mayor Bloomberg's budget plan. The Democrat-led council is also considering pushing Albany to reinstate the commuter tax, along with some other surcharges, which need state approval. These proposals ...


Palestinians and Jews in the New York Area

Thursday, April 04, 2002

As violence escalates in the Middle East, Palestinians and Israeli Jews are becoming increasingly polarized. Here in the New York Metropolitan area, both Jews and Arabs have been demonstrating. Many on both sides are feeling more hopeless than ever. We have two reports by WNYC's Beth Fertig and Marianne McCune.


Councilman Pleads Not Guilt to Extortion Charge

Friday, March 29, 2002

The 45 year old councilman and his associate Jonathan Morales pleaded not guilty to charges of extortion and wire fruad. The 15 count indictment claims Rodriguez offered to support a Red Hook waterfront project... if the developer gave him 50 thousand dollars in cash.


School Governance Part Two

Thursday, March 28, 2002

While Mayor Bloomberg lobbies Albany to abolish the board of education, lawmakers seem ready to dismantle another part of the school system: The community schools boards. Created to help decentralize the vast bureacracy , these local boards are now considered ineffective and even obstructionist. In the second of a two-part ...


School Governance Part 1

Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's campaign to eliminate the Board Education isn't the first time a mayor has wanted to control the schools. For years, New York City mayors have been frustrated by the current system of school governance. In this first of a two part series, WNYC's Beth Fertig examines the ...


Hearings on World Trade Center Collapse

Thursday, March 07, 2002

A Federal study of the World Trade Center collapse was hindered because there were no clear lines of authority according to experts who testified at a Congressional hearing. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.


Abner Louima Appeal Decision

Friday, March 01, 2002

Charles Schwarz could soon be a free man. Yesterday, a federal appeals court ordered a new trial for the former police officer... throwing out his conviction in the 1997 assault on Abner Louima. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more on the decision.


Bloomberg and the Homeless

Friday, January 11, 2002

Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed a new commissioner of Homeless Services. Linda Gibbs will take over the post – after previously serving as a deputy commissioner at the Administration for Children’s Services. There are now almost 30 thousand adults and families staying in the city shelter system – a record number. ...