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Soano wants state probe of gas prices


Westchester County Executive Andy Spano has asked state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to investigate what he calls the “unlawful and discriminatory practice of zone pricing” when it comes to gasoline.

Zone pricing is the practice of oil companies charging higher wholesale prices to stations in certain geographic areas. The practice is generally based on local markets. Prices are higher in more affuent markets and lower in poorer communities.

Spano said in a letter to Cuomo that companies continue to engage in zone pricing in the county, despite a state law that was supposed to ban it. He pointed to surveys by the county’s Department of Consumer Protection that show gas prices in communities like Bedford, Croton-on-Hudson, Katonah, Rye and Somers are up to 30 cents a gallon higher than the average.

Posted by Allan Drury on Thursday, March 19th, 2009 at 8:22 am |
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Gas prices up 15.5 cents in Westchester


Gasoline prices in Westchester County rose 15.5 cents a gallon the past month, according to a survey by the county’s Department of Consumer Protection.

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.11, the department found in a survey posted on its Web site at www.westchestergov.com/consumer.

While prices have been on rise lately, the average is still $1.27 lower than a year ago, the department said.

The lowest price in the latest survey was $1.899 at a Shell station at 160 Highland Ave. in Ossining.

The highest price, $2.499, was at a Citgo station at 143 Lake St. in White Plains and at a Sunoco at 105 Bedford Road in Katonah.

Posted by Allan Drury on Monday, February 9th, 2009 at 9:50 am |
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