Beth Fertig

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

City Cracks Down on Dangerous Scaffolding

Thursday, January 11, 2007

It's hard to walk though New York City lately and not pass under a construction site. The building boom has been good for the economy. But it’s also led to more hazardous construction sties. The number of construction related deaths increased by 61 percent over ...


Tidal Energy Used for Electric Power

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Tidal energy from the East River is being used for electric power for the first time. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The energy is being generated by a turbine anchored to the bottom of the river on the eastern side of Roosevelt Island. It's got ...


Pataki Leaves Behind Green Legacy

Saturday, December 30, 2006

As New York governor George Pataki gets ready to hand over the reins of power to Eliot Spitzer on Monday, environmental leaders say the Republican governor is leaving behind a very green legacy. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: During his twelve years in office, Pataki ...


Highlights of Pataki's 12 Years in Albany

Friday, December 29, 2006

Three-term New York governor George Pataki will be stepping out of the Empire State arena on Monday, after 12 years in Albany. As we take a look at the New York State Pataki leaves behind, here’s a quick review of some of the highlights of ...


City Bids on GPS to Track School Buses

Friday, December 22, 2006

Today is the deadline for New York City parents to register their kids for yellow bus service. The routes change in January. Meanwhile, the city is planning to solicit bids this coming year for a new Global Positioning System to track its buses. WNYC's Beth ...


Former Congressman Says Hispanics Don't Put Priority on Education

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

An Hispanic former New York Congressman is setting off a firestorm for saying Latino parents don't place enough priority on their children's education. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Herman Badillo was the first Puerto Rican elected to Congress, a mayoral candidate and a chancellor of ...


TWU President Roger Toussaint Re-elected

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Transport Workers Union President Roger Toussaint has been re-elected. Ballots are still being counted, but with fewer than one thousand votes left to be tallied, Toussaint has a lead of around 2-thousand votes, according to the union's secretary-treasurer, who says the TWU head is likely ...


TWU Presidential Elections Decided Today

Friday, December 15, 2006

New York City transit workers should know today whether their controversial union president will hang onto his job, almost a year after their three-day strike. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Roger Toussaint knew he was taking a risk when he led the strike by Transport Workers ...


Votes Are Being Counted for TWU Top Post

Friday, December 15, 2006

The President of the Transport Workers Union is still waiting to find out if he'll keep his job. Roger Toussaint was challenged by 4 opponents in his race for re-election and the votes are being counted today.

But a year after leading his 34,000 members in ...


NYC 2030: Planning for 1 Million New New Yorkers

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

By the year 2030, there may be 9 million people in New York City, an increase of almost 900,000 residents, enough to populate the city of Detroit. Those New Yorkers will be consuming more water and power, waiting longer for trains and buses, and paying ...


Trae in School : Making Special Education Work

Monday, December 11, 2006

Children in special education classes are often thought of in terms of labels. They're "mentally retarded," "autistic," "emotionally disturbed" or - more likely, "learning disabled." But these labels say little about the daily struggle to meet their often extraordinary needs. And educators believe too many ...


High School Reacts to Union Square Fight

Friday, December 08, 2006

Extra security was sent to Washington Irving High School yesterday after the fatal stabbing of a Brooklyn high school student at nearby Union Square. Two other teens were injured in the fight, one of whom goes to Washington Irving. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, the ...


Toussaint Fights to Keep His Job as Union President

Monday, December 04, 2006

It was almost a year ago that Roger Toussaint led the city’s 34,000 transit workers in a 3-day bus and subway strike. Today, members of the Transport Workers Union Local 100 are still without a contract. And Toussaint is in a fiercely-contested and often nasty ...


TWU Elections This December

Monday, December 04, 2006

It was almost a year ago that Roger Toussaint led the city’s 34,000 transit workers in a 3-day bus and subway strike. Today, members of the Transport Workers Union Local 100 are still without a contract. And Toussaint is in a fiercely-contested and often nasty ...


MTA Has Bigger Surplus But Enormous Deficit

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The MTA says fare and toll hikes can be avoided for next year and 2009 thanks to a bigger surplus. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Executive Director Katherine Lapp briefed MTA board members on the financial outlook. She said the authority expects to end 2006 and ...


ESL Students Shut Out of New Schools

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Students who are still learning English are being shut out of many of New York City's small, new high schools, according to a new report. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The Bloomberg administration has created almost 200 small schools with the goal of raising graduation rates ...


State To Pay City Schools $1.9 Billion

Monday, November 20, 2006

New York's highest court has found that the state owes New York City 1 point 9 billion dollars in additional school aid, annually.

The Court of Appeals sided with Governor Pataki, whose administration had argued that an extra 1 point 9 billion dollars annually was sufficient ...


Reaching Out of Poverty: The Impact on Schools

Friday, November 17, 2006

Officially there are 1.5 million poor New Yorkers. Thousands of them are children. Improving their attendance at school so they can read and write at grade level is one way the city thinks it may eventually be able to lift these kids out of poverty. ...


Transit Union Presidential Candidates Debate

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Almost a year after leading his members in a 3-day strike, the head of the city's transit union is in a tough race for re-election and he appeared in a debate last night with his opponents. WNYC's Beth Fertig reports.

REPORTER: Roger Toussaint said he had ...


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 ...