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December 6, 2018 - 3:48pm

Hawley calls for inconsistent gas pricing to be addressed

posted by Billie Owens in steve hawley, gas prices, news.

Press release:

In his continued effort to alleviate the stark difference in gasoline prices from county to county, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) has called for action from current New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood and incoming Attorney General Letitia James in a letter sent last week.

Hawley is supporting several pieces of bipartisan legislation aimed at reforming the General Business Law regulating zone pricing to protect consumers against unfair gasoline pricing practices. He plans to make such initiatives a priority come the start of the 2019 Session. 

“I am fully aware that zone pricing is prohibited by General Business Law 399-ee but I also know that there are several flaws in the statute that precludes effective enforcement,” Hawley says in the letter.

“In most instances Genesee and Orleans county gas prices range much higher than the surrounding counties. I have seen firsthand the pricing at gas stations in these counties priced $.15-$.25 more per gallon than the various stations located in the surrounding contiguous counties: Erie and Monroe.”

Gasoline retailers locally remain $0.10 - $0.20 per gallon higher than their counterparts in the Rochester area with many stations in Genesee and Orleans counties, which Hawley represents, averaging around $3 per gallon compared to the statewide average of $2.76.

Hawley finished the letter by requesting an investigation by the Attorney General, “I would appreciate your timely review and full investigation of this matter as well as any action that may be taken to bring this issue to a resolution.”

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hooray for steven hawley

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A gas station can sell fuel at whatever price it wants to, no?
What's next? telling the grocery store the price of milk, bread and eggs.
Steve if you're looking for something to do, get rid of this "family leave" tax I'm forced to
pay every week. Taking more of my earnings to give to someone else for not working, No thanks.

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Yes, they can sell for whatever price they want, but there are laws against businesses colluding to fix prices.

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N.Y.'s gasoline taxes highest in the continental U.S.
https://www.lohud.com/story/money/business/2015/01/07/new-york-gas-price... This article is from 2015, and most likely nothing has changed except higher taxes since then.

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About 5% higher. Shipping distance? Distances between drops? A cursory investigation by himself or the staff who write press releases may have been enlightening. A press release because he wrote a letter. Now that is an accomplishment! It would be interesting to know just how many NY State lawyers are assigned to this and how many hrs expended.

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Exactly Rich, now that's something he should be bitching about. We're about 80 to 90 cents higher than S. Carolina and Tennessee.

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Has Steve issued a press release pertaining to the imminent legislative pay raise? Curious how that cap on outside income (can't exceed 15% of legislative base pay) will play out. It would be equally interesting to see how it affects our Senator since there will be restrictions on certain attorney-client relationships in addition to the cap.

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While working for a convenience store chain years ago, I found that every morning site would "survey" gas prices near them. Usually this was by phone but a drive by was also used. I'm sure this practice continues today. Whether that is collusion, price fixing, or good business I'm sure the courts will decide for us...........

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Back in march of 09 and November of 14, Senator Schumer went on record requesting a federal investigation into gasoline prices in western New York. I tried to find out if investigations took place and if they did, what the results were, I gave up.
Maybe Steve can give him a call Monday and find out for the consumer what the results are from the federal investigation.... How 'bout it Steve? meanwhile I'll pump my fuel at exit 48A.

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It would be interesting to find out how many gas stations we have per-capita compared to the supposedly cheaper areas. Thought operating costs here should be lower.

https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/index.php?page=gasoline_regional

Distance from supply usually means higher prices
Retail gasoline prices tend to be higher the farther gasoline is sold from the source of supply, because transportation costs increase when the distance from the source of gasoline supply increases. These supply sources include refineries, ports, and pipeline and blending terminals.

Retail competition and operating costs play a role in pump prices
Pump prices are often highest in locations with fewer gasoline stations. Even stations located close together may have different traffic patterns, rent, and sources of supply that influence pricing.

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