Beth Fertig

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

States Not Meeting National Math Standards

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Getting all elementary and high school students proficient in math and reading simply isn't possible yet. That's the conclusion of a series of reports being presented this week at Columbia University's Teachers College. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The federal No Child Left Behind Law requires ...


Underwater Windmills in East River Will Generate Electricity

Monday, November 13, 2006

If you see a barge floating near Roosevelt Island this month, you might be seeing the future of renewable energy. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Workers are installing two underwater turbines in the East River near Roosevelt Island to generate electricity. Peter Smith, President of the ...


NY Democrats Control All Statewide Offices

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

For the first time in more than 60 years, Democrats hold all of the statewide offices in New York. Last night they won not only the governorship but also Attorney General and Comptroller. And voters re-elected Senator Hillary Clinton, who joins her fellow New York ...


Spitzer Stumps for Working Families Party Line

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

New York Gubernatorial hopeful Elliot Spitzer isn't just running as a Democrat. He's also recorded messages to voters asking them to support him on the Working Families Party ballot line. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The recorded messages follow a blitz of email messages from ...


Senate Candidate John Spencer: the Good the Bad and the Ugly

Friday, October 27, 2006

This week, Hillary Clinton's Republican opponent for U.S. Senate got a little more name recognition. John Spencer faced Clinton at two debates. And, after a newspaper report, he also became known as the man who denies calling Clinton "ugly." WNYC's Beth Fertig caught up with ...


Senate Race Gets "Ugly"

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The race for Senate is getting ugly. Republican John Spencer denies making disparaging comments to a Daily News columnist about Democrat Hillary Clinton's appearance.

REPORTER: Spencer insists he never said Clinton used to be ugly, or speculated that she got millions of dollars in plastic surgery. ...


Hillary Clinton's Potential Presidential Campaign Dominates Debates

Monday, October 23, 2006

Questions about whether Hillary Clinton will run for President continued to dominate two debates this weekend between Clinton and her Republican challenger John Spencer. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: In both debates, Hillary Clinton continued to say that for now at least, she's running only ...


Intensive Reading Program Aims to Help Older Students

Friday, October 20, 2006

Elementary reading scores are going up in New York City. Six out of ten third graders are reading at or above grade level. But those gains don’t continue as kids get older. By eighth grade, fewer than 4 out of 10 kids are reading at ...

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Lawyers Face Off in Education Funding Suit

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Lawyers for the state faced off with lawyers representing education advocates to argue one more time yesterday before the state's highest court, in the hopes of ending a 13-year-old suit over school aid for New York City.

An attorney for the Campaign for Fiscal Equity told ...


State's Highest Court to Hear Final Arguments in School Funding Case

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

New York State's highest court today will hear what are likely to be the final arguments in a 13-year-old case over education funding for New York City. Three years ago, a group of parents and education advocates won a landmark ruling finding the state had ...


NYC Special Ed Students Need State Intervention

Friday, October 06, 2006

Seventy five school districts across the state serving almost a quarter of a million students have been put on a watch-list because of the low performance of their special education students. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, New York City is among those now requiring more ...


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, ...