New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. announced this week in his most recent survey of South Fork gas prices, the cost of gas has in fact decreased on averaged by $0.06 since May 15. Long Island and New York State prices have decreased by $0.02 during the same period. South Fork prices are now $0.18 cents above the state average and $0.13 cents above the Long Island average. South Fork gas prices have been higher than the Long Island average in 17 of the 27 surveys since Memorial Day 2011, according to Thiele.
The Automobile Association of America (AAA) provides for a regional survey on New York State gasoline prices. However, there is no survey solely for the South Fork. Thiele’s survey also includes prices in western Southampton along Montauk Highway. There may be prices that are higher or lower in the region away from Montauk Highway, but the survey reflects the price posted at most stations on our region’s main arteries.
“The average price for East Hampton and Southampton along Montauk Highway excluding Amagansett and Montauk is now $3.89,” said Thiele. “The average price for Amagansett and Montauk is $4.39. A gallon of gas on the North Fork is now about $3.73. The Long Island average is $3.76 and the state average is $3.71.”
Thiele’s legislation to strengthen New York’s law on zone pricing was passed in 2012, but the measure did not pass in the state senate. Senator Ken LaValle is the new sponsor in the state senate for 2013. No action was taken in either house during 2013 Legislative Session.