Huntington Town Board holds hearing to discuss possibility of lifting ban on self-serve gas pumps

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The Town of Huntington held a public hearing on whether to lift the ban on self-serve gas stations.

Huntington is the only township in New York that prohibits the use of self-serve gas pumps. 

The Town Board held the hearing on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of putting the ban to an end.

The proposed change would still require gas stations to have at least one full-service pump. 

Supporters of lifting the ban say it will create cost savings for customers and would level the playing field for gas stations in the town.

"It's going to be competition within the township, and it's going to be competition with the surrounding towns," says Keith Beyer, of the Long Island Gasoline Retailers Association. "At least now the owners will have a chance to compete with the surrounding towns."

But critics say if the ban is removed, jobs will be lost and residents will likely have to pay more at the pump to enjoy a service they've become accustomed to for decades.

The Town Board did not vote on the issue and a spokesperson for the town says there is no vote currently scheduled.

 

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