BRIDGEHAMPTON - A local assemblyman is proposing legislation to put an end to gas price gouging.

Assemblyman Fred Thiele (I-2nd District) says the bill would give local gas stations the power to take oil distributors to court for raising prices, which Thiele says is happening on Long Island.

According to Thiele, the price of gas on the South Fork is higher than anywhere else on the Island at $4.55 per gallon at some stations, while the average price for regular gas is down to about $4.02.

Thiele says the reason is location and blames major distributors for holding gas prices at a high level through the Memorial Day weekend because large crowds would be heading east.

The assemblyman says he wants to get the bill passed in the state Assembly before the Fourth of July weekend when gas prices are expected to rise again.

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