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Hawley asks AG to investigate higher local gas prices

Staff Reports Posted 8 January 2015 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – This photo was taken at Crosby’s in Albion when gas dropped below $3. On Wednesday, the price was down to $2.79 at the same station.

State Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) wrote Attorney General Eric Schneiderman again on Tuesday, urging him to investigate the disparity in gas prices from county to county.

Hawley, whose district is comprised of Genesee County and parts of Monroe and Orleans counties, said the noticeably higher price of gas in his hometown of Batavia as compared to prices paid in surrounding counties. Hawley has written Schneiderman several times on this issue, urging him to investigate and take action on the fluctuation of gas prices in his district.

“In most instances Genesee and Orleans county gas prices range much higher than the surrounding counties,” wrote Hawley. “I have seen firsthand the pricing of gas stations in Batavia costing $.15-$.25 more per gallon than the various stations located in the surrounding contiguous counties: Erie and Monroe. I know there are many variables which determine the price per gallon of gas but it seems to me that the price should not differ significantly from county to county.”

Hawley has raised this issue before in the past five years. He said many of constituents feel frustration with the drastic fluctuations in prices.