Brian Zumhagen has been a weekend anchor at WNYC since 2003. His career in journalism started in 1993, with an internship in the press office of the German Green Party’s parliamentary delegation. Brian went on to spend the rest of the ‘90s working as a reporter, producer, and fill-in anchor at NPR member station KQED in San Francisco. He’s returned to Germany several times over the years for reporting projects. Most recently, he won a grant from the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship to produce radio features for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before coming to WNYC, Brian was a frequent contributor to PRI’s The World. He reported for the program on 9/11 and served as the show’s United Nations correspondent during the run-up to the Iraq war. Brian lives in Queens with his wife and children.
Mayor Rips Electric Rate Hikes
Friday, April 01, 2011
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that he plans to fight electric bill rate hikes now that the feds have approved increases for power generation companies.
"We don't think it's necessary to reimburse producers," Bloomberg said Friday during his weekly radio appearance on WOR. "We think it's a windfall. We don't think it has any benefit to New Yorkers. We think it's going to drive up energy costs."
Con Ed bills would go up 12 percent for households at the end of May, and 14 percent for businesses.
But a spokesman for the utility said customers shouldn't blame the company — it just delivers electricity, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's rate increase of $500 million per year will go to companies that generate power.
A separate 4 percent rate hike did go into effect Friday will benefit Con Ed.
In a statement, the utility said it is asking federal regulators to reconsider their rate increase, calling it misguided.