State news in brief

Regulators seek to reform energy market

ALBANY (AP) — New York regulators are launching a comprehensive review of energy service companies, saying the competitive residential market created by utility deregulation hasn’t lived up to its promise.

The Public Service Commission filed a notice Friday saying it will solicit sworn testimony from consumers, energy marketers and others in preparation with pushing through reforms.

PSC spokesman Jon Sorensen said the commission has seen substantial overcharges and deceptive practices by energy service companies, or ESCOs, for too long. The PSC released data showing ESCO customers paid $817 million more since 2014 than they would have paid as traditional utility customers.

Teen who climbed WTC faces charges

NEW YORK (AP) — A teenage daredevil who climbed the World Trade Center’s centerpiece tower in 2014 has surrendered to police after videos posted on social media showed him dangling from other New York skyscrapers.

Police say 19-year-old Justin Casquejo turned himself in Friday and faces charges of reckless endangerment and trespassing.

Casquejo is from Weehawken, New Jersey. He was sentenced to community service for scaling the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center.

The recent videos show him perched precariously on buildings and scaffolding near Central Park.

The teen’s attorney says whether someone acted recklessly in the eyes of the law and whether he acted recklessly in the eyes of the average person are “completely different issues.” Attorney Jeremy Saland says there’s more to Casquejo than “what you are seeing on YouTube or Instagram.”

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

By Jason Subik

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