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Hawley says Assembly takes measures to fight gas gouging locally

Posted 16 June 2015 at 12:00 am

‘Unfair zone pricing’ pushes up prices in Orleans, Genesee

Press Release, State Assemblyman Steve Hawley

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) today announced that the Assembly passed legislation he multi-sponsored to end the unfair practice of geographic zone pricing regarding gasoline sales.

Hawley said he has been a leading opponent of this practice and has written to former Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and current Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, urging them to investigate the practice in Genesee and Orleans counties.

“I am proud to announce that the Assembly has finally taken measures to end the unfair practice of zone pricing, known as gouging, for gasoline sales in my district and across New York State,” Hawley said. “Three separate undercover investigations conducted by two different attorneys general have found that gasoline prices were excessively higher in Genesee and Orleans counties than in neighboring counties.

“Many families in my district are still struggling to pay their bills and remain in their homes and affording a full tank of gas should be the least of their concerns. This bill mandates the New York State Attorney General to enforce the fair zoning of gasoline prices statewide, an initiative I have called for several times. I am relieved that this bill offers relief from the unethical tactics used by petroleum companies to fix gasoline prices in my district.”