A Route 110 gas station faces a fine for raising fuel prices during Hurricane Irene, according to the New York Attorney General's office.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman identified the price gouging at the Gulf Gas Station on Route 110 from his 2011 report on gasoline prices across the state, an initiative launched in March to protect consumers in New York. The review resulted in two retailers being charged, one in Yonkers and one in Farmingdale.
"When there are clear violations of the price gouging law, my office will not hesitate to take action and hold violators accountable, and we have done so this year," Schneiderman said in a news release.
JW Station Corp., which runs the Gulf station located at 1350 Route 110 in Farmingdale, will pay $3,061.74 in civil penalties for selling unleaded gasoline at $4.05 per gallon before the storm and $4.89 per gallon during and after the storm, according to the Attorney General's office.
The office warned vendors prior to the storm that they would be on the lookout for price influxes on essential items like gas, food, water, generators, batteries and flashlights.
The Attorney General's office fined Ultimate Quality Food and Fuel Mart and Parmod Pitt Stop in Yonkers $7,500 for selling unleaded gasoline at $3.82 per gallon before the storm and $4.79 per gallon during and after the storm.