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Lawmakers Call For Better Consumer Protection Against Gas Price Gouging

Gas Price Gouging

Consumers were complaining of gouging at the pump in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. (Credit: CBS 2)

Superstorm Sandy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two New York State lawmakers on Sunday calling for more protection for consumers against price gouging at the gas pump.

State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Queens) and Sen. Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn) said customers remain at risk for price gouging as the gas shortage after Superstorm Sandy continues.

“We will not allow victims of this terrible storm to be taken advantage of at the gas pump,” Weprin said in a news release. “We will do whatever we can to stop unscrupulous individuals from raising their gas prices and knowingly over-charging consumers for gasoline, as the region rebuilds after this terrible storm. We again demand protection for consumers against price gouging at the pump.”

Adams urged anyone who suspects gouging at the pump to contact the New York State Consumer Protection Board immediately.

“The people of New York have experienced tremendous hardships with the lack of gasoline, damaged property, and even the loss of loved ones. New Yorkers have the right to say ‘no’ and not be taken advantage of by the greed of retailers,” he said in the release.

Earlier this year, Weprin and Adams introduced two bills A6173 and S3631, requiring all gas stations statewide to post signs near each gas pump listing contact information for the New York Consumer Protection Board.

And just last week, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced enforcement proceedings against 13 gas stations in the state that have been accused of price gouging.

Schneiderman said anyone suspecting price gouging at a gas station in New York state should call his office at (800) 771-7755 or make a complaint via the Web.

The gas stations involved in the probe include those on Long Island, in Westchester County, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.

The stations being investigated include:

Nassau County

Shell
408 Rockaway Turnpike
Cedarhurst, NY 11516
Consumer complaint 5.00+

Suffolk County

Babylon Gas Station/Express Mart
1000 Route 109
Lindenhurst, NY 11757
Consumer complaint $4.99

USA Petroleum
East Islip, NY 11730, NY
Consumer complaint $5.50+

USA Petroleum
2664 Route 112
Medford, NY 11763
Consumer complaint 5.50+

Westchester County

Shell
3709 Crompond Road
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
Consumer complaint $5.00

Mobil
174 Westchester Avenue
White Plains, NY
Consumer complaint $5.05

Mobil
Hutchinson River Parkway
White Plains, NY
Consumer complaint $5.03

Brooklyn

Sonomax
278 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY
Consumer complaint $4.74

Queens

Mobil
4040 Crescent St
Long Island City ,NY
Consumer complaint $4.89

Shell
Northern Heights Service
7018 Northern Blvd
Jackson Heights, NY
Consumer complaint $5.50

Delta
1309 14th Avenue
College Point, NY
Consumer complaint $5.00

Bronx

Getty
600 Pelham Parkway
Bronx, NY
Consumer complaint $5.39

Mobil
688 E. Gun Hill Road
Bronx, NY
Consumer complaint $4.89