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January 4, 2014

Brrrisk business on the mountains

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PLATTSBURGH —

Olympic Regional Development Authority spokesman Jon Lundin said that by early afternoon Friday, it had reached a high of minus 6 degrees Fahrenheit at the base of the mountain.

Wind speeds were reported at 16 miles per hour, delivering a brutal wind-chill calculation to about minus 26 degrees.

Mountain crews are prepared for days like this, Lundin said.

“Our staff is very seasoned and they understand the extreme weather conditions and prepare for it accordingly.

“The cold has not affected the mountain’s ticket sales the last two days,” he said, “and it is expected to warm this weekend, which is welcome. This Sunday is Island Madness Super Sunday, with $40 adult lift tickets.”

RETAILERS WARNED

The North Country was not hit as hard as other areas of the state. The impact was expected to be so severe in some places that Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared an official state of emergency on Thursday.

On Friday, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued an open letter to vendors, warning against price gouging.

He pointed out that General Business Law prohibits increases in costs of essential items, such as food, water, gas, generators, batteries and flashlights, and services, such as tree trimming and removal, emergency structure repairs and snowplowing, during natural disasters or other events that disrupt the market.

“Unfortunately, alongside acts of good will and kindness, a major storm like this also brings out bad actors who take advantage of their customers,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

“As attorney general, it’s my responsibility to enforce the price-gouging law and be prepared to take action.

“I urge anyone who sees unwarranted spikes in the costs of anything, from bread and milk to snowplowing services, to report it to my office immediately.”

People can file complaints at this web address: http://www.ag.ny.gov/complaint-forms.

Email Kim Smith Dedam:kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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