New law aims to keep fuel flowing during future power outages

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation aimed at keeping the fuel flowing the next time the power goes out.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation aimed at keeping the fuel flowing the next time the power goes out. (10/29/13)

PORT JEFFERSON - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation aimed at keeping the fuel flowing the next time the power goes out.

By next April, every gas station within a half-mile radius of a highway exit or evacuation route must have backup power available within 24 hours of a power outage.

Cuomo says gas stations could see up to $10,000 in grants if they choose to install a transfer switch, which helps to accept a portable emergency generator.

The governor says owners could also see up to $13,000 in grants if they choose to install a switch and purchase their own generator.

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