Long Islanders get sticker shock over sudden gas price spike

Residents on Long Island are reeling from a bad case of sticker shock Wednesday when the price of gasoline jumped dramatically overnight.

The prices increased by almost 70 cents at many gas stations, bringing the cost of regular gas to well over $3 a gallon. Many blame Hurricane Katrina devastating the Gulf Coast for soaring gas prices on Long Island. Others are blaming station owners and oil companies, which may be taking advantage of consumers.

State Senators Charles Fushillo (R-Freeport) and Michael Balboni (R-Williston Park) have called on the state attorney general to investigate this overnight price surge. They are also asking Governor George Pataki (R-NY) to temporarily revoke all state gas taxes, saving motorists as much as 45 cents per gallon.

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