Beth Fertig

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

Transportation for Disabled Doubles in Cost

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Door-to-door transportation for disabled New Yorkers has more than doubled in cost over the past five years, due to a recent uptick in use.

Disabled riders who can't take buses and subways use a system called Access A Ride - vans that provide them with door ...


MTA Approves Bidding on Rail Yards

Thursday, September 28, 2006

The MTA's board today approved a plan to let developers bid on its west side rail yards, following an agreement with the city. But some transit watchdogs worry about the costs of extending the 7 train to the Javits Convention Center.

Mayor Bloomberg's administration is determined ...


Transit Union President Faces Re-Election Challenge

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The president of the city's transit union is facing a tough challenge for re-election this fall, almost a year after a 3-day strike that shut down all buses and subways. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Roger Toussaint led the Transport Workers Union in its first strike ...


Clarke Wins Major Owens' Seat in Tight Brooklyn Race

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Unlike the Democratic primary for Attorney General, the race to succeed Brooklyn Congressman Major Owens was a true contest. The winner was City Councilwoman Yvette Clarke. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: With four serious candidates, primary night in the 11th Congressional District was expected to ...


Clinton Beats Anti-War Activist by Wide Margin

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Unlike just about every other candidate facing a challenge yesterday, Hillary Clinton chose Nnot to hold a victory party last night. She beat union organizer and anti-war activist Jonathan Tasini by a wide margin.

REPORTER: Clinton refused to debate Tasini and he had trouble getting his ...


The Hottest Race in Town

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Next week, voters in Central Brooklyn will choose a new member of Congress for the first time in a generation. Democrat Major Owens is retiring after 24 years. Tuesday’s primary is considered the real election because the district is overwhelmingly Democratic. The race has made ...


Green Accuses Cuomo of Failing to Uphold Pesticide Law

Monday, August 28, 2006

Attorney General candidate Mark Green is accusing his rival, Andrew Cuomo, of failing to protect children from pesticides when he headed the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Green first made the accusation at this month's debate between the Democratic ...


Eau D'New York in The Summer

Friday, August 25, 2006

There’s nothing like turning a New York City corner and being nose to nose with a garbage truck in mid-August. It’s no secret that New York is more – well - aromatic during these warmer months. WNYC’s Beth Fertig followed her nose with fragrance designer ...


State Identifies 17 "Persistently Dangerous" Schools

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

New York State has identified 17 schools it considers "persistently dangerous," most of them in New York City. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The schools were picked because they had a high number of serious incidents two years in a row. These include robbery, assault, arson, ...


The Lights Are On, But It's Not Business As Usual in Queens

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The lights may be back, but businesses in Northwest Queens are still trying to recover after last month’s blackout. Some were without power for more than a week and say Con’s Ed’s offer to reimburse them for spoiled food, alone, doesn’t begin to cover the ...


Con Ed CEO Promises Queens Blackout Inquiry

Friday, August 04, 2006

Con Ed took the heat again yesterday, as state assembly members grilled the company's chief executive about the response to last month's blackout in Queens. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

All along, Con Ed has insisted it didn't know that about 25,000 customers, totaling 100,000 people, ...


Bronx Residents Struggle Against Heat

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Parts of the Bronx have been without power or only limited power since last night, as Con Ed crews continue working to restore their service. WNYC’s Beth Fertig visited the Fordham section to see how people were coping and filed this report.

REPORTER: Residents of the Fordham ...


Girls Rock At Camp

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Think “summer camp” and you’re probably picturing bright-colored scenes of kids outdoors playing softball or swimming. But this week, about 65 girls attended an indoor camp where they learned how to play drums, guitars and keyboards. The kids from the Willie Mae Rock Camp for ...


New Small Schools Still Have Few Special Ed Students

Friday, June 30, 2006

A key part of New York City's effort to reform its schools has been breaking up large, failing high schools into smaller and more personalized ones. Last year, an investigation by WNYC found that students with learning disabilities and other special needs were less likely ...


Fighting To Open More Charter Schools

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

As the school year comes to an end, some New Yorkers are already looking ahead to 2007. They’re still hoping to open new charter schools – even though the governor’s plan to authorize 150 more was killed by the legislature last week. Black and Latino legislators have been especially supportive ...


School Forms Now Include "Other" Option for Race Category

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

The category "other" will now be an option for mixed-race students when they fill out school forms. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: States are allowed to use as many racial designations as they want on student forms. But New York's education department says ...


Greater Energy Conservation Delays Need For New Power Plants, City Says

Monday, June 26, 2006

The city won't need to build any new power plants until at least 2012, thanks to greater energy savings. WNYC's Beth Fertig reports.

REPORTER: There were predictions that the city's growing energy demands would require new power plants sooner. But the city now ...


Fifth Graders Could Be in Academic Trouble

Friday, June 16, 2006

The number of City third graders in danger of being held back next year has fallen for the second year but a greater percentage of fifth graders could be in academic trouble.

Only 9 percent of third graders scored low enough to be encouraged to go ...


Preserving The WTC Wreckage

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Tomorrow, a developer named by Governor Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg will make his recommendations for revising the World Trade Center memorial design. The project is being scaled back because its budget had grown to almost a billion dollars - including infrastructure. What is certain is ...


Parents Still Feel Powerless in Community Education Councils

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Abolishing the city's community school boards hasn't helped empower parents in the system, according to one new study. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The old school boards were criticized for their cronyism. And there was little voter turnout during elections. When Mayor Bloomberg took over ...