Beth Fertig

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Vacuum Train Back on Track by Month's End

Monday, June 06, 2005

Transit officials don't know how long it will take to fix the vacuum train that derailed in Brooklyn last week but they hope to have their other one working by the end of the month.

The vacuum train can suck up 40 tons a week worth ...


Citywide Gains in Math and English Scores

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Another batch of test scores is out, and once again New York City public school students showed big gains. Combined scores went up 14.4 percentage points on the citywide English exams and 7.5 percentage points in math.

The city's annual tests are given in grades 3, ...


Gifford Miller Questions 4th GradeTest Scores

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

One of the Democrats who's running for mayor says the recent 10 point gain in fourth grade reading scores isn't all it's cracked up to be.

REPORTER: City Council Speaker Gifford Miller says 84 percent of fourth graders who attended summer school last year - because ...


Final Voyage of Broadway Local No. 9

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Subway riders in Harlem and the Bronx can say goodbye to the number 9 train. Yesterday, it made its final voyage. From now, the 1 line will make all local stops.

The 9 train started running in 1989 to allow the Broadway Local to skip some ...


AIDS Group Settles for Millions Against City

Friday, May 27, 2005

The City has agreed to pay almost $5 million to the AIDS service group Housing Works to settle an eight year old lawsuit.

The suit was filed in 1997 against then-mayor Rudolph Giuliani and various city officials after contracts with Housing Works were terminated.

The non-profit claimed ...


Flushing School Serves Immigrant Students

Monday, May 23, 2005

There are more immigrants living in New York City than at any time since the 1920s. Thirty six percent of all New Yorkers were born outside the United States, according to the 2000 Census. The immigration boom has changed the face of the city’s public ...


4th Grade English Scores Rise 10%

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Fourth grade English scores in New York City went up 10 percentage points, the largest one-year gain to date. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Almost 60 percent of city fourth graders met state standards on the English Language Arts Exam. Black and Hispanic students still lag ...


Wall Collapse Snarls Traffic on Henry Hudson

Friday, May 13, 2005

REPORTER: It was a scene more familiar to Southern Californians than to New Yorkers. A huge pile of earth had slid down onto a highway, complete with an uprooted tree. David Muhlfelder stood on the corner of Riverside Drive and 181st Street. He had just ...


It's Back to Class for Safety Agents

Monday, May 09, 2005

School safety agents are going back to class; they're taking a brief course on tolerance and diversity.

The one-day classes will be given by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Its Tolerance program is already training educators and law enforcement officials. Director Mark Weitzman says the course uses ...


School Safety Agents Cause Tensions

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

It was just over a year ago that Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration sent hundreds of extra safety agents and police officers to the city’s most troubled schools, following an outbreak of violence. The effort has reduced crime by 40 percent at those schools. But as ...

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Token Booth Clerks Lose Their Booths

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

The first phase of the Transit Authority's plan to move clerks out of their token booths starts in 3 weeks, when agents at seven stations in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn will move to other side of their glass dividers.

The TA says its plan isn't ...


MTA Puts Off Renovations

Friday, April 29, 2005

MTA board members reluctantly voted to postpone renovating 12 subway stations because Albany's budget fell short of what they requested. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, the Second Avenue Subway and a Long Island Rail Road link to Grand Central may also be in jeopardy.

The Authority ...


Subway Thieves Focus on Cell Phones, Ipods

Thursday, April 28, 2005

The Transit Authority says extra police added to buses and subways ended an uptick in crime, but that thefts of portable MP3 players and cell phones are still sharply on the rise.

There was an 18 percent rise in bus and subway felonies during the first ...


Chancellor Thinks Assist. Principal Will be Removed

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says he anticipates that an Assistant Principal in Queens will be removed from her job now that an investigation has confirmed that she called a class of Haitian students "animals."

The Education Department's investigator interviewed fourth and fifth graders in a Haitian ...


City Removes Teacher Guilty of Sexual Misconduct

Friday, April 22, 2005

The city has won its fight to remove a teacher who was found guilty of sexual misconduct in 1998. The victory comes as Mayor Bloomberg says the recent cases involving teachers charged with sexual misconduct with their students demonstrate the need for new disciplinary rules.

Cary ...


TA Tries to Improve Service

Thursday, April 14, 2005

The President of the New York City Transit Authority said his agency is trying to improve service delays, which went up by 12 percent last year.

TA President Lawrence Reuter said the agency is doing more to clean up trash, and will try to combine more ...


Parents Call for Principal's Ouster

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Haitian parents and community members are demanding that Chancellor Joel Klein fire the principal and assistant principal of an elementary school in Queens Village, over allegations of racist behavior.

The parents claim their children were humiliated by one of the administrators and that the other tried ...


Columbia Starts Formal Complaint Procedure

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Columbia University will implement a more formal procedure for students to complain about their professors. The move follows the controversy over a Middle East studies professor accused of creating an anti-Israel atmosphere.

The changes were announced in a letter by Columbia President Lee Bollinger as a ...


DA Dismisses Charges on Bronx Principal

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

The Bronx district attorney has agreed to dismiss the charges against a principal accused of assaulting a police officer.

Michael Soguero was arrested in February for allegedly trying to prevent an officer from removing a disruptive student. Following his court appearance this morning he said the ...


Report Released on Trade Center Collapse

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

It’s been three and a half years since the World Trade Center was destroyed by terrorists. Yesterday, federal investigators released their most comprehensive report yet on how the Twin Towers collapsed and how well people were evacuated. WNYC’s Beth Fertig has more.

The investigation into the ...