Deputy Business Editor
I'm the News' deputy business editor. I grew up in New Hampshire, went to Syracuse University and started working at The News in 1985.
As an economic development program, the highest-profile silver bullet projects in Buffalo Billion have had some costly disappointments and been a victim of overhyped expectations.
The big jump will be costly, pushing up average costs by an estimated $215 during the five-month heating season that starts in November and runs through the end of March.
The 53-year-old man was rescued by state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers who used a State Police helicopter to reach the injured hiker and were lowered by rope to assist him short of the summit of the 5,114-foot mountain.
The proposed rate settlement, which still must be approved, would increase delivery charges by an average of $2 a month for a typical residential customer using 600 kilowatt-hours of power.
The minimum wage will rise to $13.20 an hour across upstate New York at the end of this year.
Competition for front-line and entry-level employees, combined with the steady rise in the minimum wage, have pushed up earnings sharply for workers at the low end of the wage scale.