After commencing enforcement action against four Long Island gas station owners this month, another four stations are in sight to face penalties for alleged price gouging after Superstorm Sandy, the state Attorney General’s office announced Thursday.
New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said his office is continuing to review consumer complaints against gas stations that charged an “unconscionably excessive price” after the Superstorm. The latest actions, he said, followed a wide-ranged investigation of suspected gougers. Twenty five stations statewide have been the target of these enforcement actions, a news release said.
In a statement Thursday, Attorney General Schneiderman said “Our office will continue to take enforcement actions against price gougers because ripping off New Yorkers is against the law. We are actively investigating the hundreds of complaints we’ve received from consumers of businesses preying on victims of Hurricane Sandy. There must be no tolerance for unscrupulous individuals who take advantage of New Yorkers trying to rebuild their lives.”
Four stations are being investigated across Long Island as the latest round of enforcement action continues. The stations are listed below with the price cited by the Attorney General for regular gas during the post-Sandy crisis:
- BP Gas Station, 1009 Rte. 109, Farmingdale, $4.71/gallon
- Liberty Petroleum, 1278 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont, $6.99/gallon
- Ultra, 3300 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown, $4.89/gallon
- Costal, 1575 Rte. 112, Port Jefferson Station, $4.69/gallon
Specifically addressing the Costal station in Port Jefferson Station, Attorney General Schneiderman said a consumer reported being charged $4.69 per gallon for regular gasoline while neighboring stations were charging between $3.69 and $4.05. “One consumer waited in line for over an hour and did not see a sign detailing prices until after the attendant began pumping gas for the customer,” the Attorney General said.
Schneiderman said that as the investigations continue, more stations may receive notifications that they face enforcement proceedings for jacking up prices during the post-Sandy gas shortage.
Consumers who believe they have become a victim of price gauging may file a complaint by calling 1-800-771-7755 or by completing an online form at http://ag.ny.gov/hurricane-sandy-price-gouging-complaint-form. Consumers should keep a copy of receipts, if possible.