Brewster, N.Y. – 11/02/2012 – With gas prices in the area ranging from $3.65 to $4.69, and the gas stations with the lowest prices unable to receive fuel deliveries, Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) has requested that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman investigate price gouging in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
“We are getting mugged at the pump by gas prices that have risen 20 cents or more in a day,” Senator Ball said. “Big Oil should not smile and watch their coffers grow as misery skyrockets.”
In December 2011, Attorney General Schneiderman’s office released a report that determined price gouging did occur on gasoline prices following Hurricane Irene.
Several weeks ago, Senator Ball introduced “Fair Gas Pricing” legislation, which will:
- Require gas stations to fairly advertise different Cash vs. Credit pricing by displaying the two prices equally, and by clearly stating Debit Card pricing;
- Amends the 2008 ban on zone pricing to utilize the recommendations of the Attorney General’s office, clearly defining “Geographic Market” as a factor of operating costs only; and
- Enacts the “Gas Tax Holiday,” suspending 33-cents per gallon in state taxes for the Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day holiday weekends.
Senator Ball noted that the 2008 ban on zone pricing has been proven ineffective, resulting in 0 prosecutions since the law was enacted.
For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Joe Bachmeier at (845) 200-9716.