TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Gas shortages and long lines continued throughout Westchester Saturday as government officials promised more fuel was on the way.
“The shortage of gasoline in the New York-metro area has caused major inconveniences for our residents, and the state must take every action possible to address this issue,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimated Friday that two-third of gas stations in the New York metropolitan area did not have gas or did not have power to pump gas. Cuomo's office announced Saturday that more than 28 million gallons of gas were being delivered to the area and more than 8 million gallons were already on hand.
Many stations were out of fuel on Saturday, such as the Hess station and the Shell service station at the intersection of Routes 119 and 9 in Tarrytown.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner was encouraging residents to check out the Sunoco and American gas stations at the intersection of Route 100C and 100A in Valhalla instead of the Gulf station on Route 119 in Elmsford. That station was selling gas on Saturday, but cars stretched down to the New York State Thruway overpass while waiting to fuel up.
Long lines were also seen at gas stations in Yonkers. Yonkers officials said gas rationing was still in effect and would continue until supplies increased. Residents are limited to 10 gallons per day and are asked not to block intersections or driveways while waiting in lines.
“Hopefully our fuel situation will improve steadily throughout the day,” Yonkers DPW Commissioner Thomas Meier said.
A line to get gas at the Shell station in Irvington stretched along the right lane of Route 9 past the Immaculate Conception Church and Irvington Presbyterian Church. Irvington Mayor Brian Smith acknowledged the gas shortage in a notice to residents.
"Both New York State and Westchester County officials are aware of the issues and are working on a long-term solution,” he said. “In the short term, we ask that everyone conserve gas and limit travel.”
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