Beth Fertig

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

Tidal Power: Can the East River Generate Electricity?

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Approximately 14 percent of all electrical power in New York State comes from hydropower. Many environmentalists believe that figure should be higher. They see hydropower as a way of reducing our reliance on the fossil fuels that contribute to global warming. In our ongoing series ...


Budget May End City's Battle Over Education Aid

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Now that the state budget has been approved, New York City's longtime battle over education aid finally appears to be over. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

After 13 years of litigation, the state's highest court ruled last year that New York City was owed additional school ...


Flood Control – Planning for a Wetter City

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

There are 578 miles of waterfront in New York City. That means New Yorkers will be especially vulnerable to climate change because we’re already surrounded by water. Scientists are predicting that as the temperatures go up, the city will be hit by stronger storms that ...


Security Partnership on Local Rails

Thursday, March 22, 2007

The Federal Transportation Safety Administration has agreed to help the MTA beef up security on its commuter rails. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The new strategy means for the first time, TSA officers and undercover marshals will be riding the trains in the nation's largest ...


Police in Schools Criticized by Non-Profit

Monday, March 19, 2007

Police in the city's public schools have created an atmosphere of fear and intimidation, according to a report by the New York Civil Liberties Union. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg's administration has been cracking down on schools that are considered violent, and police ...


7 Train's Signaling System Gets an Upgrade

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Service on the number 7 subway line was back to normal this weekend, in order to accommodate St. Patrick’s Day revelers. But it's just a brief reprieve; service from Queens to Manhattan will be suspended again over the next few weekends. The signal system on ...


Modernizing The Subway Signals

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Service on the 7 train is back to normal this weekend, in order to accommodate St. Patrick’s Day revelers. But that’s just a quick reprieve; service from Queens to Manhattan will be suspended again over the next few weekends. The signal system on the Seven ...


CUNY Tackles Decline in Black Male Students

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Colleges around the country are grappling with the same problem: what to do about their declining numbers of black, male students? Women of all races outnumber men throughout higher education. But the gender gap is greatest among African-Americans. At the City University of New York, ...


Council May Ask Stores to Close the Door in Summer

Friday, March 02, 2007

Businesses that leave their doors and windows open while their air conditioners are running could be fined 200 dollars, under a bill being considered by the City Council. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The legislation is directed at stores that crank their air conditioning in ...


Cancellor Appoints Head of "Parent Engagement"

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Joel Klein have appointed a new head of Parent Engagement. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Brooklyn parent Martine Guerrier will assume the title of Chief Family Engagement Officer. The longtime parent organizer will be responsible for strengthening contact between schools and parents, ...


Judge Rules Against City in Education Case

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

A federal judge has ruled that a 23 year old woman with cerebral palsy can continue her costly education program at the city's expense. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Alba Somoza graduated from a city high school in 2002 with a Regents diploma. But she was ...


Remake, Remodel: City Schools Get Another Overhaul

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Get ready for ANOTHER round of school reforms. This fall, City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein will be revamping the system for the third time since 2002. This shakeup involves putting more control in the hands of principals. WNYC’s Beth Fertig has more on what it ...


Council Holds Hearing on School Bus Changes

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

City education officials will have a lot to answer for today at a council hearing on the recent school bus changes.

Elected officials have been getting an earful, ever since the city consolidated more than a hundred bus routes a couple of weeks ago. Parents complained ...


City Council Holds School Bus Hearing

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

After weeks of phone calls from frustrated parents, the city council held a hearing today on the recent change in school bus routes. The hearing started at 1 p.m. as council members put school officials on the hot seat and as of late Tuesday afternoon, it was still taking place.

WNYC's ...


Exhibit Gives Human Evolution a Modern Look

Friday, February 09, 2007

Human evolution is often portrayed as a step-by-step progression from ape to man. But the newly renovated Hall of Human Origins at the American Museum of Natural History doesn’t look anything like that. WNYC’s Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: You probably remember them from the museum’s ...


Comptroller Speaks Up About MTA Construction Delays

Friday, February 02, 2007

The city's fiscal watchdog says subway riders will have to wait 20 more years before the system's aging signals and tunnel lights are completely overhauled. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The MTA's top priority is to keep its trains and buses in what it calls a ...


Spitzer's Budget Includes $7 Billion for Schools

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The governor's budget includes $7 billion in additional school aid over the next four years, with half of that money going to New York City. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, education groups say that could finally give the city schools what they need.

Spitzer is proposing ...


Spitzer Lays Out Plan for Schools

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is expected to propose more money for education when he outlines his budget tomorrow. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, by not mentioning a dollar figure, the new governor is already making his priorities clear.

In a speech in Albany yesterday, Spitzer ...


Spitzer Proposes Education Funding Overhaul

Monday, January 29, 2007

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is proposing a drastic overhaul of state education funding. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Spitzer won't say how much money schools can expect until he gives his budget address on Wednesday. But in an Albany speech outlining his education plan, Spitzer ...


Majority of Confiscations in Schools Aren’t Weapons

Friday, January 12, 2007

WNYC has learned that school security agents confiscated more than 17,000 items last year with roving metal detectors, but less than 1% of these were weapons. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Roving teams of safety agents with metal detectors began showing up at high schools and middle ...