WNY lawmaker calls for investigation into gas prices

WNY lawmaker calls for investigation into gas prices
Posted at 6:15 PM, Dec 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-07 18:15:04-05

A Western New York lawmaker is asking the state Attorney General to investigate differences in gasoline prices across counties after noting that prices in Western New York are consistently higher than surrounding regions.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) sent a letter to current New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood and incoming Attorney General Letitia James last week.

Hawley is also supporting several pieces of bi-partisan legislation aimed at reforming the General Business Law regulating zone pricing to protect consumers against unfair gasoline pricing practices. He plans to make such initiatives a priority come the start of the 2019 Session.

Hawley says gasoline retailers in his district of Genesee and Orleans counties charge between $0.10 and $0.20 more than gasoline retailers in the Rochester areas.  He says local gas prices remain consistently at $3 per gallon when when the statewide average is closer to $2.76.

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