Beth Fertig

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

Bloomberg All But Acknowledges Congestion Pricing Proposal

Friday, April 20, 2007

Opponents and supporters of congestion pricing are getting ready to rumble, now that Mayor Bloomberg has all but acknowledged he will propose charging drivers who enter midtown Manhattan. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The proposal is expected to be announced on Sunday, when the mayor lays ...


Klein Details New Part of Restructuring Plan

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein has selected nine non-profits that can partner with the city schools starting this fall as part of his new restructuring program. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The news groups that were chosen have all worked with public schools before. They include CUNY ...


Ground Water: Climate Change Could Flood Subways

Saturday, April 14, 2007

The Second Avenue Subway is at the forefront of a new boom in transit construction. Over the next decade, the MTA also plans to build a new Fulton Street transit center, a tunnel bringing the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central Terminal, and an ...


More Money Needed for 2nd Avenue Subway

Friday, April 13, 2007

Lawmakers have broken ground for the construction of the Second Avenue Subway and WNYC's Beth Fertig finds officials think this time's the charm.

REPORTER: Politicians and MTA officials broke ground by hammering a section of tunnel wall that was built in the 1970s. They called it ...


Groundbreaking for the 2nd Avenue Subway

Thursday, April 12, 2007

After more than 75 years of planning and a failed start in the 1970s, the 2nd Avenue subway is finally back on track. A groundbreaking is scheduled for at 10:30 this morning. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The MTA is picking up where it left ...


First Phase of Second Avenue Subway Underway

Thursday, April 12, 2007

With the tap of some small hand axes, politicians and transit officials symbolically launched construction on the Second Avenue Subway. The first phase of the project is expected to cost $3.8 billion and transit officials are about $875 million short.

REPORTER: Gene Russianoff with the Straphangers ...


Will Second Ave. Subway Succeed This Time?

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Manhattan east side residents may finally be getting some much needed elbow room on the subways.... Or will they? Lawmakers proudly held a ground breaking for the long awaited Second Avenue subway line this morning, but there are several hurdles still facing the project. To ...


MTA Head of Capital Construction on the Second Ave. Subway

Thursday, April 12, 2007

More than 75 years after it was first proposed, construction on the Second Avenue subway is finally scheduled to begin again. The MTA has scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony for later this morning on E. 101st St. - where 1 of 3 small sections of tunnel were ...


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 ...