NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — For many Tri-State Area residents, the situation created by Superstorm Sandy has led to a lot of long lines, shortages and tense moments at area gas stations.
As a result, CBSNewYork.com is asking area residents to utilize our Facebook page as a command post for information about gas stations with supply and a place to get tips on where you could possibly fill up.
While the information posted by users is likely to quickly become outdated, we suggest that you take a look at the latest comments posted on the page as the clearest indicators.
The situation got so intense in Queens on Thursday, one man was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and menacing after he tried to cut a line at a gas station and pointed a pistol at another motorist who complained, according to the District Attorney Richard Brown.
That incident allegedly happened early in the morning, sometime between 2:30 a.m. and 3:05 a.m.. The Queens DA said 35-year-old Sean M. Bailey tried to pull his 2010 BMW ahead of someone else at a gas line on Astoria Boulevard and 43rd Street.
When another motorist protested, Bailey allegedly displayed a firearm and told the other man “If you don’t pull back, you’re not getting gas tonight.”
Bailey was arrested shortly thereafter and police allegedly recovered a loaded .25 caliber Phoenix Raven pistol from his left boot. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo acknowledged Thursday that the issue was being created by a supply problem that stems from the Coast Guard being forced to close New York ports because of storm damage.
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That meant the fuel barges couldn’t get in. Cuomo said the ports opened Thursday, but a petty officer with the U.S. Coast Guard said the majority of the fuel barges won’t actually be allowed in until sometime Friday morning.
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