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4 Westchester Gas Stations Fined For Post-Sandy Price Gouging

Long gas lines after Hurricane Sandy led to a state investigation into price gouging.
Long gas lines after Hurricane Sandy led to a state investigation into price gouging. Photo Credit: File

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Four Westchester County gas stations have been fined for price gouging in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, according to a statement released by New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

All four stations were owned by Sammy Eljamal, who agreed to pay $20,000 in fines for excessively raising prices after the storm ravaged the area, according to the attorney general's statement.

“As thousands of New Yorkers sat in line for hours waiting to buy gasoline during the state of emergency created by Hurricane Sandy, some crooked station owners increased their retail prices by excessive and illegal amounts,” Schneiderman said in the statement. “Today, we are continuing to send the message that ripping off New Yorkers during a natural disaster is against the law and that those who engage in illegal price gouging will be held accountable.”

The following gas stations and their post-Sandy price increases were listed in the latest settlement:

The 202 Gas Mart (Shell), 3709 Crompond Road in Cortland Manor:

Price before the storm: $3.98

Maximum price after the storm: $4.83

Increase in price: $0.85

Yonkers Central Avenue Snack Mart (Shell), 1001 Central Park Avenue in Yonkers:

Price before the storm: $4.20

Maximum price after the storm: $4.90

Increase in price: $0.70

Ardsley Snack Mart (Shell), 730-731 Saw Mill River Road in Ardsley:

Price before the Storm: $4.30

Maximum price after the storm: $4.90

Increase in price: $.60

Tarrytown Snack Mart (Shell), 440 South Broadway in Tarrytown:

Price before the storm: $4.26

Maximum price after the storm: $4.60

Increase in price: $0.34

The most recent penalty comes on the heels of more than $300,000 imposed on 47 other businesses for illegal price gouging after Sandy, the statement said.

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