Thiele: Holiday Gas Prices Vary Widely, Based on Geography

As the Fourth of July weekend began, and many are traveling by car, New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. released a gasoline price survey that showed 12 of 28 stations surveyed in East Hampton and Southampton Towns offer prices below the average prices on Long Island in the state. Still, he said, prices vary widely based on geography.

Eight of the 10 gas stations surveyed in the eastern portion of Southampton Town were at or below the state and Long Island average, Mr. Thiele said. However, in East Hampton, only one of the eight stations surveyed was at or below the state and island average. 

Crude oil prices are $49 per barrel.

In East Hampton, the average price for gas is $3.09. The average price for eastern Southampton along Montauk Highway is now $2.33, Mr. Thiele said. West of the Shinnecock Canal, the average price is $2.62. The Long Island average is $2.45, while the state average is 2 cents cheaper. 

By comparison, on the North Fork, the price is $2.29. 

"There is no other conclusion to reach other than the fact that prices are fixed based on geography, unrelated to actual cost," Mr. Thiele said. "For example, currently gas prices are substantially higher in Hampton Bays, Montauk, and Amagansett than the rest of the Island. This is unfair and should be illegal."  

Mr. Thiele has called on the State Senate to pass legislation he proposed that would prohibit zone pricing, and would enact recommendations made by the state attorney general to prohibit the practice. The bill passed the Assembly, 117 to 11 on April 5, but has not gone anywhere in the State Senate.