Mayor Mike Spano Urges Vigilance; Warns Vendors Against Gas Price Gouging
Yonkers, NY - February 24, 2012 - As gas prices continue to skyrocket this week, Mayor Mike Spano today called on residents to be aware and report any signs of price gouging at gas stations, citing a recent case in which a Yonkers gas station illegally raised prices nearly a dollar per gallon.
"Unfortunately, price gouging has occurred during times of rising gas prices and following major weather-related events as we experienced in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene last summer," said Mayor Mike Spano. "We are sending a warning to vendors that inspectors are monitoring gas prices and strong action will be taken to fully prosecute any vendor found in violation of the law."
Following Mayor Spano's call for an investigation into Ultimate Quality Food and Fuel Mart's drastic spike in gasoline prices, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman found the Yonkers gas station did indeed illegally raise its prices. The gas station was ordered to pay $7,500 in civil penalties.
"It's hard enough to afford current gas prices, especially for those who must drive to work every day," said Mayor Spano. "We are taking a proactive approach to preventing any action that would further burden Yonkers consumers."
Mayor Spano urged residents to contact the Yonkers Consumer Protection Helpline at (914) 377-3000 if they notice any unusually high spike in gas prices at a particular gas station in the City of Yonkers.