Beth Fertig

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

Bloomberg Visits Schools as Classes Begin

Friday, September 09, 2005

With education a major theme of his re-election campaign, Mayor Bloomberg visited three schools to mark the first day of city classes.

REPORTER: Bloomberg read to first graders at PS 376 in Bushwick, which now has its first gifted and talented class. But the mayor learned ...


More Schools in NYC Than Ever Before

Thursday, September 08, 2005

It's the first day of class for New York City public students. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, the city has more schools now than ever before.

The Education Department says there are now 14 hundred and eight public schools. That's an increase of 178 since Mayor ...


Report Finds City Classes Getting Smaller

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

A new report finds city classes are getting smaller, at least in the lower grades.

REPORTER: The Independent Budget Office looked at kindergarten through third grade, only. It found the average class size last year was 21 point 3 students - compared to 21 point 6 ...


Communication Breakdown

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Since the July bombings in the London transit system, New Yorkers have been reminded of the real potential for a similar attack in the subways. Police have been searching bags. And the MTA has now hired Lockheed Martin to upgrade electronic surveillance. Our best barometer ...


Relief Agencies Advise New Yorkers to Donate Cash

Friday, September 02, 2005

Relief agencies say frustrated New Yorkers who want to help the relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina should stick with sending cash, and not try to assist in person.

REPORTER:The professionals providing relief say they know the media accounts are heart wrenching. But they say there's a ...


FDNY Adds Subway Cars to Training Academy

Thursday, September 01, 2005

The Fire Department has added subway cars to its training academy on Randall's Island, in an effort to get all new recruits ready to work underground. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: There are no rats, and the tracks are strangely free from garbage. But the ...


7,000 Summer Schoolers Move to Next Grade

Monday, August 29, 2005

Almost seven thousand third and fifth graders who were in danger of being held back, will now move on to the next grade after passing summer school. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Fifty-five percent of the third graders who scored at the lowest levels on ...


A Day in the Life: C. Virginia Fields

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Mayoral Candidate C. Virginia Fields has been in government for more than 15 years, as a City Councilmember from Harlem and as the current Manhattan Borough President. She’s now hoping her experience will propel her to become the first woman elected Mayor. As part of ...


FDNY to Release 9-11 Dispatch Tapes

Friday, August 12, 2005

Dispatch tapes from the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center will be released today by the Fire Department. The Department was forced to release the material following a lawsuit by the New York Times and 8 family members. It's also releasing the transcripts ...


FDNY Tapes Narrate Chaos and Heroism

Friday, August 12, 2005

The New York City Fire Department today released almost five hours of dispatch tapes from the 2001 September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

» Hear extended excerpts of the dispatch tapes

The tapes were released following ...


Six Train Earns High Marks on Subway Survey

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The six train earned the highest marks in an annual survey of subway conditions. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The non-profit Straphangers Campaign looked at mechanical failures, quality of train announcements, cleanliness and service disruptions for each line. It then came up with a rating based ...


City's Education Spending Outstrips State's

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

A non-partisan budget group says the growth in state education spending has lagged behind the New York City's own contribution.

The Independent Budget Office looked at school spending over the past 15 years. During that period, the report found city spending on education jumped by 50 ...


Construction Halted After Building Collapse

Friday, July 15, 2005

Construction on a controversial upper west side apartment complex has been halted, following yesterday's building collapse that injured nine people including a baby, and four firefighters.

The former Gristedes on Broadway between 99th and 100th streets was being demolished to build a 31 story apartment tower ...


Injured in Stable Condition After Collapse

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Five people including a baby are in stable condition after they were struck by debris as a building collapsed on Broadway between 99th and 100th streets, at around 9:30 this morning. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scopetta says a seven month old ...


MTA Shows Off High Tech 'Sniffers'

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Facing continued questions over its security spending transit officials showed off some new devices being implemented that can sense a biological or chemical attack.

REPORTER: The detectors are located inside Grand Central Terminal and they resemble ventilation units or other mysterious pieces of infrastrucure. There's a ...


Howard Beach Under the Microscope After Alleged Bias Attack

Friday, July 01, 2005

In New York, a black man is still recovering from a fractured skull after he was allegedly beaten with a baseball bat by a white teenager. The incident occurred in the Howard Beach section of Queens. That’s the same neighborhood where a black man was ...


Fuel Stored in Potential Terror Target

Thursday, June 30, 2005

WNYC has learned that the City is allowing a building with vital telecommunications equipment to store thousands of gallons fuel, despite the concerns of Lower Manhattan residents. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Neighbors in Tribeca have been fighting the building at 60 Hudson Street because they ...


MTA Considers New Rules

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

MTA board members want more time to consider new rules that would have fined subway riders for walking between cars, putting their feet up on the seats, and eating and drinking on the subways.

REPORTER: The transit committee approved the new rules on Monday. But today, ...


Teachers Look for Increase of Their Own

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

City teachers say the new pay raise for police bolsters their argument that they also deserve a bigger increase. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: A state arbitration panel gave police a 10 percent wage increase over 2 years. Teachers Union president Randi Weingarten says that's ...


Walking Between Subway Cars

Monday, June 27, 2005

For many New Yorkers, walking between subway cars is about as basic an act as jaywalking. But New York City Transit wants to change that. A committee is expected to vote today on a proposal that would fine riders $75 if they’re caught trying to ...