Area Drivers Pump Just Enough To Get Somewhere Cheaper

YONKERS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The new work week is off and running with more pain at the pump.

Gas prices jumped again, up more than a dollar a gallon from a year ago.

Magee Hickey patrolled Yonkers neighborhoods on Monday in CBS 2’s exclusive Mobile 2 unit tracking the prices and the frustration.

Grisel Santiago is worrying about summer gas prices. This Bronx resident is hoping to take her family of five on a surprise road trip in July. But since she has no idea what prices will be like in a few months, she’s economizing every which way she can now.

“It’s ridiculous. We cut back on everything — even toilet paper, 16 rolls for $20. Buy less and less than what you use to get,” Santiago said.

In the last two weeks, gas prices across the United States have jumped about 12 cents a gallon for regular. In the tri-state area, New Jersey is always the lowest. The latest numbers are $3.76 for regular. Connecticut is next with a statewide average of $4.15 and New York State is just a penny more.

At an Upper West Side station where regular gas is now close to $4.50, people were putting in just enough to get to a cheaper station.

“I’d rather get it cheaper in New Jersey,” Brooklyn resident Manny Tsontakis said, when asked why he only pumped $10 worth.

And Americans are already starting to conserve, reportedly using 1.6 percent less gasoline than a year ago.

But why on one strip in Yonkers, where there are three gas stations with three very different prices — the most being $4.35 for regular and the least at $4.19, are there any takers at all at the most expensive place? Clearly it’s capitalism at work and what the market will bear.

“Because we are full service. We here 23 years. People like us,” station owner Vitu Kumar said.

“I try to use just one gas station with this kind of car. My husband says use this. It’s quality I’m looking for,” Mobil customer Ruth Dempster said.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

Comments (18)
  1. holoman says:

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    Hydrogen is the most plentiful element in the universe.

    Why not use it from the Ocean ?

  2. Gil Neveaux says:

    Gil Neveaux
    ‎184 views on you tube so far..Paying @ the Pump @ the pump)

  3. bill says:

    Hope the coloreds don’t riot over this.

    1. Gil Neveaux says:

      Everyone gets a little more postal as the price spikes.
      A man of mixed color.

  4. jerseyjoey says:

    Oh All you posters are Haters Dont you know, Why you ask youeslf is this guy Jerseyjoey saying something this absurd. Well its not me , its what your wonderfull Corporations and Government think of people like you and me or anyone who dares asks questions or complains about being abused and ripped off by the forces to be here. You see folks, Corporate America and Retailers plus the Gov in general have invested Billions of Dollars(you tax money by the way) into the dumbing down of This country so as one day thet have a populus of free spending comformist lemmings that ask no questions, affraid to fight, scared of there own shadow and accept everything Gov says as best,and that my friends is where we are heading and this Gas price situation is the testing of the waters.

    1. Gil Neveaux says:

      Also remember to round off the price up one more Penny because its always X dollars and 9/10th cents!

  5. Bushelfoote says:

    THIS is how we will start to ween ourselves off imported oil and why we will start to embrace Alternatives…..Why not just do hydrogen ?? I want to convert my truck over to CNG….that stuff is only about 2 bucks a gallon….or so…..It Can’t cost that much to convert…at $4.35 a gallon for gasoline vs HALF THAT?? ANYTHING we do is going to be better than paying a person THESE OUTRAGEOUS PRICES!!!!!!! This country did so well in the last century partly because we had cheap energy….now its like its legal for us to be clipped….I ain’t no dummie and I don’t like to be treated like a sucker..even IF one is born every minute….I was born at night…just not LAST night…….LOL

    1. Gil Neveaux says:

      We can say what we want but,the control is out of our hands.If you think social networks and blogs can change Oil prices or the Government of other countries…then As HOUSE would say…”Wrong…Thanks for playing”

  6. Mari says:

    We need to pay the politicians nothing as they DO nothing but destroy our country. We give billions to Brazil to drill for oil off their coasts and we forbid drilling in ours (and that oil is going to China?). How about we work for better, safer technology and drill for our own oil?? Mr. President, is this your idea of CHANGE? Ruining the USA???

  7. Daniel Escurel Occeno says:

    Air-conditioning, air-conditioning, and air-conditioning; society might as well mass market electric vehicles like the Ford Mustang Electric, manufactured in FORD Philippines in the country of the Philippines.

    Electricity for businesses to continue is more important than paying a dollar more at the pump to drive to work. The British have lived with it for decades, high transportation costs.

    Who could afford a handcrafted Rolls Royce on working middle class American income?

    Would the effect of gasoline used for air-conditioning be Micro or Macro?

    I would get it confused in college also for the Final Exam. I flunked out, but I did remember the knowledge.

    It was drawing the diagrams of supply and demand to answer the multiple choice questions that were confusing and I am a bad guesser, like where the heck do you show air-conditioning in the gasoline diagram of supply and demand and how it affects price? It must have been three-dimensional economics. You will need Calculus I to crunch the numbers; I got a B.

  8. Blue says:

    Then they turn around and slap you in the face for going green by considering a flat rate for electric vehicles! Bicycles and skateboards are next, just watch…

  9. teremist says:

    Oil companies are posting record profits. Meanwhile, they are crippling the nation with their greed. I know families that are going hungry, at least a few days a week, so they can have enough gas to get to work. We are at the breaking point, and our President spouts platitudes.

  10. jun824 says:

    Because of what s going on in the mddle east (uprising), USA debt, and the dropping dollar the Arabs now do not want to deal with dollars anymore they been talking to Russia and China since last summer, they do not want to deal with the world reserve currency (USD), the gov. is letting this happen wish I knew why, as Gold and Silver climbs the dollar drops because people are buying it have to have a back up just it case the dollar will no longer be the world currency..ThIis is already in motion!!!

  11. rh5454 says:

    Not the Saudi’s, just the Obama Admin. at work again. QE2

  12. jun824 says:

    Not the gov. it is the Saudi’s..

  13. Bob O'Shaggah says:

    We need a “Manhattan Project” like effort to come up with an alternative fuel source

  14. EricG says:

    Its the govts fault. Allways

  15. HooDatIS? says:

    no one can afford these high prices……time for a change
    we need to pay these ceos less and give the common people a bailout
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