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Cuomo: Gas Crunch Will Last Days

FEMA targeting 120 gas stations for fuel shipments and generators.

Long gas lines will be a New York fixture for the foreseeable future.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said fuel shortages will continue into next week, but said more supply is flowing and expects the gas crunch to abate by the weekend.

“There are continuing issues with the fuel delivery and distribution system,” Cuomo said at a Sunday press breifing, adding, “We do believe it is a short term problem.”

He predicted overcrowding on mass transit Monday because of the gas shortage.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said FEMA has earmarked gas shipments and generators for 120 gas stations in the region.

“My wife was waiting 2 ½ hours for gas,” Schumer said. “She called me every half hour asking, ‘What am I doing about it?’”

The governor promised 36 million gallons of gasoline delivered to New York terminals. But deliveries have been complicated by the fact that several gas stations are still without power. He also said the anxiety of locals lining up for fuel as well as hoarding is playing a role. 

“For now patience is required,” Cuomo said. “Now is not the time to be using the car if you don’t have to.”

Kerri Scorce November 05, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Try LIRR, it's running now. DUH!
Luke November 07, 2012 at 07:51 PM
It isn't Eleanor's fault that she is in this predicament, so why don't you all lay off. She's stuck in this situation because of development prioritization that incentivized her employer, who probably was in the city or somewhere else reachable by transit, to relocate to LI. The job market is not such that she can simply up and take a new job in the city. She's a victim in this situation as well, and while her situation is not as dire as those without food, light, or a safe environment, she is in danger of losing her job and that would be frightening to anyone. She deserves our empathy as well. Save your vitriol for those who don't need to be driving or are hoarding fuel unnecessarily.
Rob November 07, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Well said. Maybe we should be adding a tax on businesses based upon their distance from frequent transit.
Rider Inman November 08, 2012 at 04:15 PM
This is what people and America deserve. When you put all your eggs in one basket (personal vehicles fueled only by gas) this is the eventual outcome. Whether it be a natural disaster or shortage caused by some economic collapse, it will happen again. I actually see this happening at a higher rate in the future. People need transportation options, that don't revolve around a personal vehicle. If you live 20+ miles away from your job and the only way to get there is by car, you've made a poor decision.
tom murphy November 08, 2012 at 06:28 PM
If your start point(home) is twenty miles from your destination(your only real job & income) than you are like most other Americans. It was not a poor decision, just the necessary one you made at a juncture in your life. Today it is challenge. Your innate American wisdom has gotten you this far(home & job) and will carry you through this time. I've been through this twice, and never moved nor changed jobs.

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