Rising Gas Prices On Long Island Squeezing Residents’ Budgets

ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Gas prices are on the rise, with the national average 38 cents higher than it was at this time last year, but Long Island has some of the highest in the country.

Gas at one Long Island Mobil station is $4.59, and that station is not alone. More than a dozen are well above $4 and others are inching up.

“When you live on Long Island and you have to get around by car, it really impacts your budget,” one resident told CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff.

As drivers speed through their budgets, they have little patience for explanations, especially in a mild winter that should have kept oil prices down. They’re told it’s tensions in Iran, riots in Nigeria and a glut of Canadian oil to our west, but for out-of-work school teacher John Decrescenzo of Brentwood, it means filling up the tank is now a luxury.

“You want to go to movies, you want to go to dinner, you can’t do any of it because you’re worried about, you know, you have to fill up your tank to get to work and back,” he said, noting that gas costs his family $100 a week.

“The money that is going out compared to the money that is going in is just a matter of how long you can keep holding on?” he said.

And folks who drive for a living are burning through gas money.

“I do deliveries and spend more in deliveries than I do in tips,” delivery driver Matthew Burns said.

Long Island gas was almost 50 cents above the national average Friday. The lowest gas price on the Island is $3.67, and at only two stations.

“I’m not fixing the price,” one gas station owner said.

Asked if people really buy gas for $4.59, he said “yes, but very few.”

The Automobile Club said at this rate, $4 a gallon gasoline is a foregone conclusion, and by Memorial Day, those $4.50 prices could be seen at a gas station near you.

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  1. jake says:

    wake up, big oil owns them all,presidents,politicians auto industry.They put us in the tank before and they are doing it again

  2. george Scott says:

    YOU GET WHAT YOU VOTE FOR. EVERYONE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD SHOULD BE EQUAL. ISN’T THAT WHAT SOCIALISM IS ???
    OUR WONDERFUL NYC MAYOR, TOGETHER WITH SOROS AND OTHER PEOPLE OF THE SAME KNIT, WANT TO DISARM PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS BUT TRAVEL AROUND WITH A PUBLIC AND/OR PRIVATE, ARMED SECURITY FORCE. IS THERE A DOUBLE STANDARD WITH THIS STATEMENT ??

  3. george Scott says:

    DON’T DRILL FOR NATURAL GAS – THAT’S THE STUPID THING TO DO.

  4. Ed says:

    The only change I think he’s talking about is the pennies in your pocket left over from all the high priced goods and gas !!

    So, I guess he tole the truth, we will have change !!!

  5. biged says:

    When will people realize that obama won’t do anything to help reduce gas and oil prices. His move to stop the canadian pipeline should wake people up that his agenda doesn’t include caring about the public. He only wants to ensure he gets to be a big shot (incompetent as he is) for another 4 years , so he ctaters to the oil companies and their minions.

  6. john 49 says:

    Well Obama told us we would have change

    1. dario says:

      put more sanctions on iran for israel benefit

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