Nassau lawmakers to hold emergency session on gas prices

Gas prices on Long Island have seen a slight decrease in recent weeks, but lawmakers are still hoping to save residents money at the pump.

News 12 Staff

Apr 11, 2022, 10:14 AM

Updated 742 days ago

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Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman says there will be an emergency legislative session after his State of the County address Monday evening to discuss tax relief at the pump for Nassau residents.
Gas prices on Long Island have seen a slight decrease in recent weeks, but lawmakers are still hoping to save residents money at the pump.
The national average is at $4.11 for a gallon of regular. New York state's average is higher at $4.22 per gallon.
On Long Island, the average is lower at $4.10 per gallon.
This is 37 cents lower than it was a month ago, but still about $1.25 more than a year ago.
Floral Park resident Nadia Holubnyczyj is disabled and has to use a specialized van.
"I have to fill it up every week--18 gallons--and I have two teenagers, but I'm driving around, being a soccer mom so I go through the gas so every penny counts."
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced last week that the state gas tax will be paused from June 1 through the end of the year. Hochul encouraged counties to cut their own sales tax too.
Blakeman says he's hoping for a deal with lawmakers to help at the pump.
"We are hoping our colleagues on the other side of the aisle will join with us unanimously to pass gas tax relief that will help the residents, but at the same time not be fiscally irresponsible," Blakeman says.
Nassau Democrats have also been pushing the county to help with the gas sales tax.
"We all know that the pain in the pump is real and we need to do whatever we can to help Long Islanders fill up without breaking the bank," says state Sen. Anna Kaplan.
The county executive would not say how much money residents could save at the pump.


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