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article imageHudson Valley N.Y. county officials taking gas gouging seriously

By Leigh Goessl     Nov 3, 2012 in World
In Sandy's aftermath, the gas shortages in the southern New York and Northern New Jersey regions have been causing significant difficulty for residents. Some had reported gas gouging and local county officials are taking any incidents seriously.
After the storm lifted, leaving devastation and millions in the dark, it wasn't long before situations of gas shortages began to arise in the tri-state area. Northern New Jersey has been experiencing significant gas shortages, as reported by Digital Journal, as is New York City.
In addition, counties to the north of New York City are also struggling with sporadic gas supplies. There were reports of alleged gas gouging. Local officials have assured the public this won't be tolerated and are sending out inspectors to various gas stations.
Westchester County Executive, Rob Astorino has taken to Twitter to let people know that the administration will not tolerate any gouging of gas prices. "We will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law," the county head tweeted on Saturday evening.
Screen grab of tweet sent out by Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino on Nov. 3  2012
Screen grab of tweet sent out by Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino on Nov. 3, 2012
Putnam County Director of Consumer Affairs Jean Noel told the Southeast Patch that they are looking at reported cases. "We're taking complaints, and gathering information, and forwarding to the attorney general," Noel said. She also told Patch that County Executive MaryElle Odell is "adamant" this issue is followed up on.
On the other side of the Hudson River, Rockland County officials are also monitoring reports of any hiked gas prices.
"Our inspectors are out in the field and they are working diligently to protect the consumer," said Terry D. Grosselfinger, Rockland County's director of Consumer Protection, reported the Pearl River Patch on Friday.
Grosselfinger had not been able to find evidence to substantiate an alleged $5.50 per gallon, in Rockland County's Airmont and Valley Cottage, however he did find one station was charging a different price at the pump than was advertised on the station's signs; that gas station was cited.
Consumers are urged to call local county government offices if they suspect any gas gouging occurring. In Westchester County the number is 914-995-2155, Rockland County 845-708-7600 and Putnam County, 845-808-1617.
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