Power Outages After Sandy Triggered Long Lines, Gas Rationing

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP)Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced federal relief money will help gas stations pay for electrical wiring to use generators that would keep gas flowing during power outages.

The $17 million in federal aid is part of the state’s relief package for superstorm Sandy, which hammered New York City and its suburbs including Long Island last fall. Widespread power outages and delays in fuel delivery triggered hours-long waits at some gas stations and the eventual rationing of fuel. The National Guard was called in to help keep the peace as drivers grew frustrated.

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Cuomo had said the gas crisis was an unexpected and devastating part of the pain inflicted by Sandy.

The aid will fund the electrical wiring at gas stations in New York City and on Long Island to allow them to use temporary generators in the event of disaster or to install permanent generators.

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Earlier this year, Cuomo proposed making grants to some gas stations so they could install backup generators.

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