GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Every penny matters to Diane Epps when she's Christmas shopping, so she was relieved to see gas prices around Greenburgh finally start to fall.
"It's good seeing prices go down, especially around the holidays," said the Greenburgh resident. "I love it. I hope it continues."
Greenburgh is finally starting to see relief at the pump following Hurricane Sandy, when prices were at the highest they've ever been on Thanksgiving, said AAA New York spokesperson Robert Sinclair.
The cheapest gas in Greenburgh can be found now at the Mobil at 71 Virginia Road ($3.87) and at the Gulf on the corner of Tarrytown Road and Hillside Avenue ($3.89).
Across New York, the average is $3.83 per gallon. Just a month ago, it was almost $4 per gallon state-wide, according to GasBuddy.com .
New York saw a trend of falling gas prices in late September and October, when they dropped 26 cents per gallons. But thanks to the hurricane, prices dropped by less than a dime in November, Sinclair said.
One Hartsdale resident said gas never should have been as expensive as it was following the hurricane, and she blamed the gas industry for hiking prices amid the gas shortage crisis.
"It should go down a lot more. There's no reason for it to be so high," he said.
If the typical gas price cycle continues, prices should continue dropping through December and January before leveling off and climbing again in February or March. But Sinclair warned that cold weather could always force another price spike that would also affect residents' heating bills.
"The X factor is the cold weather. If thermostats get cranked up, we're going to need more home heating oil," he said. "When there's a need for more oil, it causes competition with gas, which would lead to the prices of heating oil and gasoline both rising."
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