Nassau County, LIGRA Team on Gas Prices

Agree to not raise prices beyond increased costs

NASSAU COUNTY, N.Y. -- Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi, the Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs and the Long Island Gasoline Retailers Associations Inc. (LIGRA) have reached an accord that will limit consumer costs on their gasoline purchases, reported the Manhasset Press.

LIGRA, an association of more than 1,000 gas stations and repair shops in Long Island and Queens, has pledged not to raise gasoline prices any more than their increased costs on the price of gasoline.

This commitment should help prevent price gouging, [image-nocss] Suozzi told the newspaper.

"The agreement made by LIGRA is a welcome one at a time when gas prices are jumping every day," he said. "This will protect consumers from price gouging, while still allowing gas station owners to conduct business."

Consumer Affairs Commissioner Roger C. Bogsted told the paper, "The agreement with LIGRA, combined with Senator Carl Marcellino's initiative to eliminate state sales tax on gas, will help provide relief to the motoring public.

Kathryn Odessa, executive director of the LIGRA, added, "The gasoline retailers are suffering along with the consumers as a result of the sudden price increase. While retailers have no control over the price they pay for gasoline, the majority of retailers are only passing along to the public, the cost needed to keep their businesses viable."