- New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele
(I, D, WF-Sag Harbor) has issued his April 6, 2012 survey of gasoline prices on the South Fork as compared with other locations in New York State. The Automobile Association of America (AAA) provides for a regional survey on New York State gasoline prices.
However, there is no survey solely for the South Fork. Thiele's survey also includes prices in western Southampton along Montauk Highway. There may be prices that are higher or lower in the region away from Montauk Highway, but the survey reflects the price posted at most stations on our region's main arterial.
Thiele stated, "The average South Fork price between East Hampton and Southampton is now $4.13. The average for western Southampton is $4.19 and
the average price for Amagansett and Montauk is $4.39. Prices have increased dramatically over the past two months by up to 40 cents since February. Prices on the South Fork are not substantially different than those on Long Island and New York State. Prices on the South Fork are now two cents lower than the Long Island average, 1 cent lower than the New York State average, and 10 cents lower than New York City
Thiele added that prices on the North Fork have also increased. A gallon of gas on the North Fork is now about $4.10. In Thiele's April 6, 2012 survey, the price on the South Fork was $4.13 per gallon or lower at seven stations on Montauk Highway on the South Fork. The lowest price was $4.09 and the highest was $4.19.
Thiele called for immediate legislative action on legislation to aid New York motorists with rising gasoline prices, including:
• Strengthening New York's law on zone pricing of gasoline as recommended by the State Attorney General.
• Enactment of open supply legislation which would enable gas stations to purchase cheaper motor fuel on the wholesale market from alternative suppliers and pass the savings on to the consumer.
• Establishment of an E85 grant program to provide incentives to convert conventional gasoline pumps to be E85 compatible.
• Suspension of State gasoline taxes on Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day
weekends in 2012.
• Prohibit pricing of gasoline based on the method of payment (credit card/cash).
NEW YORK STATE GASOLINE PRICE COMPARISONS
Location/March 2, 2012/April 6, 2012
• New York State: $3.97-$4.14, 17 cents
• South Fork: $3.97-$4.13, +16 cents
• Nassau-Suffolk: $4.01-$4.16, +15 cents
• New York City: $4.04-$4.23, +19 cents