November 2, 2012
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Gas-buying frenzy hits the region
MID-HUDSON/CATSKILLS – As the word
spread Thursday of the difficulty that oil companies were having in delivering
gasoline to service stations, panic set in from New Jersey to New York
City and up into the Hudson Valley.
Many stations ran out of gas with people still waiting at the pumps.
“All three gas stations has 20-plus cars in line, had Town of Crawford PD out there trying to keep everyone calm and trying to keep everybody together,” she said. “I actually witnessed a fender-bender with people trying to figure where to go.”
Orange County Executive Edward Diana spoke with state officials in Albany on Thursday and said supplies of gasoline are on their way to the region, “yet residents should know the process will take time.” He said as a temporary solution is sought, “I advise residents to be prudent with their supply and limit any unnecessary travel. I also ask for your continued cooperation and patience during these difficult times by showing mutual respect for one another.”
Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef had a similar message
for the public. “I encourage consumers to conserve fuel and avoid
unnecessary driving as stations are being reopened and restocked. Many
of our stations have shut due to flooding, lack of power, or no fuel."
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