Rockland Legislator Ed Day Continues Push To Lower Gas Prices

NEW CITY, NY (WCBS 880) – Rockland County residents know the road to cheap gas leads down south to New Jersey.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams On The Story

“If I’m filling up, I’ll usually make the trip to Jersey. It’s a $5, $6, $7 savings,” one Rockland County resident said.

For service stations in Rockland, it’s a real struggle. They can’t compete.

So, Rockland County legislator Ed Day wants to attract some of that business back by capping the gas tax at $2 dollars per gallon — an idea he has been pushing for months.

At present, the amount over $2 per gallon is hit with another four percent.

How much could people save?

“A $20 fill-up will save about a $1.60 a fill up, about 8 cents a gallon right now,” said Day. “It’s a start. It’s a start in my mind and trying to put some real money back in people’s pockets.”

County Executive Scott Vanderhoef fears this will cost Rockland $3 million in revenue and lead to layoffs and program cuts at a time when the county can least afford it.

The projected budget deficit could hit $80 million. Legislator Day that $3 million number is not accurate.

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  • Scott

    This is market economy we live in in which prices of goods and services are determined in a FREE price system. What this nut is proposing is to have a planned economy where the price system will be state or county controlled. First they will start with a simple thing like gas as if they car you save $1.50 per fill up and then once they enact a law they will spread it out to everything. Then the county will control what is charged, when its charged and what they get for it for doing nothing. This guy needs to see a psychologist and fast.

    • Jxx

      What are some nightmare scenarios when the government has control?

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