Gas Prices For Presidents Day Weekend Hit Highest Level Ever In Tri-State Area

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – You’d think a warm winter and lower demand for heating oil might somehow translate to lower gasoline prices as well – but it doesn’t work that way.

The price at the pump has been creeping up steadily.

Nationwide, the average price of a gallon of regular is up 27 cents since New Year’s day to $3.55 a gallon. Experts say it could reach $4.25 by late April.

1010 WINS Reporter Steve Sandberg caught up with drivers who were paying the price at the pump…

In New York City, regular is already at $3.92 a gallon. The highest price in the city might be at a station on the Hutchinson River Parkway – $4.49 a gallon.

“I come from Yorktown Heights so it costs me a lot of money to get to work… I work here in the Bronx,” one driver told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg.

Another driver called the prices “Highway robbery.”

If today’s prices are any indication, drivers are in for a rough ride this summer. Prices are 40 cents higher than this time last year.

In New York, average prices are $3.87 a gallon. In Connecticut, it’s $3.86.

The high prices are altering people’s behavior.

“You want to go to movies, you can’t do any of it because you have to fill up your tank and go to work and back,” John Decrescenzo of Brentwood told CBS 2.

In New Jersey, drivers are paying slightly less than the national average – $3.51 a gallon – but it’s still painful.

“It’s insane,” said driver Sharon Curtis. “I’m using regular gas and the thing is, I like to use ‘super,’ but it’s just so expensive now it’s like you can’t even afford it anymore.”

“They are getting pretty ridiculous,” said James Cherry. ” I supposed that have been for a while now, but it just seems to be getting higher and higher, so it’s crazy.”

Oil prices have climbed past $100 a barrel. Rising tensions in Iran are fueling higher prices around the globe. Drivers hear the explanations, but as they dig deeper and deeper each day, their patience is running on empty.

“Once it hits $5, which don’t look too far away either, I’ll take buses, walk or just don’t go,” said driver Judy Otero.

Marchello Laray echoed those sentiments, he told CBS2’s Chris Wragge that rising gas prices are pushing him towards public transportation.

“It’s my money and gas is too expensive, it makes me want to take public transportation,” he said.

Experts say that passing the $5 mark may still be far off.

“Five dollars a gallon nationally seems a little far fetched to me, in 2008 the peak was in July at $4.11. We’re thinking $3.74 to $4.25 at its peak,” said Beth Heinsohn of the Oil Price Information Service.

Are you feeling the pain at the pump? Sound off in our comments section below.

  • Wow

    “Oil prices have climbed past $100 a barrel. Rising tensions in Iran are fueling higher prices around the globe. Drivers hear the explanations, but as they dig deeper and deeper each day, their patience is running on empty…” Is this really there excuse this time? When will the Federal Government realize that we aren’t buying their lies anymore. Gas prices are rising because the oil companies aren’t making a large enough profit, no big profit and no big campaign donations.

  • Steven

    God dammit Bush, Cheney and his oil company cronies getting richer. How can this be allowed to happen?? Oh wait….

  • Edwin Lora Diaz

    Everything in the tri state keeps going higher except salaries, to some people the only sense it has made is to get out this area and live at a more affordable one. No wonder moving companies are doing more business now.

    • jerseyjoey

      yeah, well dont go down south, its no cheaper to live there then here unless you intend on buying a home then you save 90% on property taxes but if you rent your no better off, been there done that years ago when the earth was flat. PS: gas is more expensive there and unemployment is on the rise there also , now if you intend on moving south say 4000 miles you might be ok.

  • injun

    Why do you refuse to post commeents ?

  • injun

    Why do you refuse to post commdents ?

  • Bartholomew Harte

    THINK RIK-SHA,Baabeee Da Ride of the Future(A.K.A. Karma 4 You!)

  • AnnonUSA

    Think the Economy was bad the last 4 years? Let Gasoline hit $5.00 a gallon in the US. The resulting depression is going to cause a fundamental shift in the course of this country.

    The Housing bubble was nothing compared to the inflation and staggering hardships ahead for the American Public. This all but assures we will be at war with Iran before years end. After the Arab Spring, will be Summer and the Arab FALL.

  • Edde

    Speculation, drives gas up as well, checkout this report….

    As well as the resent rejection by Obama of the Canadian Pipeline…

  • Edde


    Try this maybe it will shed some light.

  • Lori

    What I am not understanding (which no ones seems to really research and cover) is why oil (by the barrel) is still less then it was 2 years ago yet gas at the pumps is much higher then it was 2 years ago. A barrel of oil in 2008 or 2009 was about 120.00 plus a barrel. Oil in the US is roughly 103.00 a barrel now yet gas is more now then it was 2 years ago. This does not equate. Why such a difference in price when we are not near the height from 2 years ago? I have oil heat-2 years ago at the so called height I paid about 3.70 a gallon when oil was 120.00ish a barrel – now it’s 103.00 and I am paying 4.17 a gallon. Again, why such a difference in price between the 2? I do not understand. It doesn’t add up. Can anyone explain this? What bothers me more is no one during an election year especially is addressing this. I understand greed and oil speculation, etc.. but what about the difference in price from then to now?

    • The Realist

      Maybe the refinery workers got their contractual raises. Maybe some oil companies lost their tax exemptions and have to pass along their added costs.

  • Edde

    I say lets all stop patronizing a particular brand named gas, example, Exxon Gas, if everyone suddenly stopped buying their gas, they would have to suddenly drop the price.
    We have freedom of choice, so lets use it, avoid buying from a particular gas manufacture, together we can win this one, tired of seeing Exxon Mobil Executives making billions of dollars a year, while the average person is deciding on what to buy, a loaf of bread or a gallon of gas.
    The other thing I would like to see is better price regulations by the government, too many times I haver seen a named branded gas station showing a price for a gallon of gas, ex. 2.99 and drive a few blocks to another gas station with the same name brand selling it at 2.89 ???
    All these named branded gas station are independently owned, but, get their gas from the same supplier bearing their name brand, so why should each gas station carrying their name brand have different prices for a gallon of gas ??
    I go to a McDonalds and which ever McDonalds I patronize the price for a hamburger is the same, why cant the price of a gallon of gas be the same for a named branded gas station bearing the same name ??
    Obama wants another term, but, I don’t see a reason to have him in office, spending Billions on a useless war, but, not addressing the needs of the people here.

    • The Realist

      Thing 1… Each company charges different wholesale prices to each gas station, even on deliveries from the same truck. A gas station in Bayside might pay $3.77 wholesale (and thus charge $3.85 retail), while a same-branded station near the Long Island Expressway might pay $3.87 wholesale (and thus charge $3.95 retail).

      Thing 2… During Bush’s years, Republicans took great pains to explain that the President does not and cannot personally control retail gasoline prices. Now, under a Democratic President, those same Republicans are complaining that Obama “refuses” to personally control retail gasoline prices.

  • jerseyjoey

    Very Simple answer, If E1 would just stop spending money on everything but needs for a month; watch how fast gas prices drop to below $2 a gallon. Everything is relevant, gas Prices are hurting us Americans so we Americans should return the favor and hurt greedy corps and wall street, after all the commodities markets, greedy business and the taxing Gov. are to blame here not the consumer, so jam it back to them and hold on to your money and be a patriot, stand and fight back or be a broke lemming loser.

    • The Realist

      I don’t know about you, but I need a strong and healthy Wall Street because that’s where my retirement money is parked for the next 20 years. Besides, all those huge bonuses means lots of income taxes that you and I would otherwise have to pay.

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