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Levittown Gas Station Accused of Price Gouging

Cars wait to fill up at Ultra gas station in Levittown. Credit: Andrew Coen
Cars wait to fill up at Ultra gas station in Levittown. Credit: Andrew Coen
A gas station in Levittown was one of four on Long Island notified by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for allegedly price gouging following Superstorm Sandy.

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A consumer reported the Ultra Gas on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown as selling gas at $4.89 per gallon in the days following the storm, according to the attorney general's office.

Schneiderman said his office will start enforcement proceedings against these gas stations for violations of the New York State Price Gouging statute in the wake of Sandy.

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"Our office will continue to take enforcement actions against price gougers because ripping off New Yorkers is against the law," Attorney General Schneiderman said. "We are actively investigating the hundreds of complaints we've received from consumers of businesses preying on victims of Hurricane Sandy. There must be no tolerance for unscrupulous individuals who take advantage of New Yorkers trying to rebuild their lives."

The Attorney General said there will be other notifications coming as the investigation into consumer complaints continues.

The investigations are based upon a review of both consumer complaints and independently-gathered pricing information, Schneiderman said.

If you believe you are a victim of price gouging or a post-hurricane scam contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Helpline at 800-771-7755 or find a complaint form online at: www.ag.ny.gov.

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Anne Hanna November 29, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Is that the station by King Kullen?
Anne Hanna November 29, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Editor, is it common to allow profanities such as one that also means a donkey? Fine and great at home, but through an AOL site? http://thesaurus.com/browse/donkey
Ann Torcivia November 30, 2012 at 07:29 AM
I also paid that high price. glad to see he is not going to get away with it.
johnguthrieyates November 30, 2012 at 10:15 AM
... and these guys just moved in ... what ... a year ago ? and yes Anna , that's the one by King Kullen ...
Concerned American November 30, 2012 at 10:50 AM
This guy also had very high prices right after Irene - I would like a follow up to know if he was gouging how much he paid in fines, restitution to CC customers (in that respect they will know who he defrauded!). Local people who read this article should tell their friends and neighbors and boycott this station.
Jack November 30, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Let's see...this is the same gas station that you vultures who lined up from Hempstead Turnpike all the way up to Spindle Lane (2 miles, give or take) and waited hours to fill everything you could find with gas because you swore you'd never see gas again...that gas station? Never mind the facts that you completely paralyzed the First Responders and those trying to clear the trees and fix the electricity and the taxis trying to move people around in the aftermath of Sandy and NOW you're complaining that you overpaid for the gasoline you horded because you HAD to get yours! You weren't bitching when you were pumping that gas into your illegal Deer Park water bottles and were happy to fork over that cash. I don't blame the station owner for jacking up his prices. Supply and Demand, The American Way! Capitalism at it's best. You should give this guy a paid vacation to Disneyland for putting up with your Gimme-Gimme attitudes. Now that the crisis is past what are you going to do with all that gas you stored in your backyard shed? I'm surprised we haven't had a rash of fires lately. Donate your unused gas to your local Fire Department to send it to those who still need it, kiss that money goodbye and remember this the next time Mother Nature decides to rain on our parade.
Yayabeanes November 30, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I avoided being overcharged and dealing with mess by filling up my vehicle long before the storm hit us.
Santa Claus December 01, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Hey Jack, you are on the right track BUT, you can thank the MEDIA as usual for making everybody paranoid for acting like we had a gas shortage when in fact we didn't!!! Some gas stations lost power like the home owners...Duh , common sense which most people seem to lack. It's like when the weatherman says we are getting a bad snow storm... All the people run to the store and wipe out ALL the milk... again...DUH!!!! LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BUT... That doesn't give people the right to jack up the price of gas during an emergency situation... Use your brain Jack. That could lead into fights, murders, robberies...etc... Would you like your mortgage company to jack up your interest rates because you are down and out??? Or Walmart charge you $100.00 for a package of batteries for your flashlight??? I don't think so....DUH!!! They should be heavely fined for price gouging!!! DEFINITELY!!!
Santa Claus December 01, 2012 at 12:09 PM
About 75% of the gas stations were price gouging!!! When everybody was charging $4.09 $4.39, Hess on Hempstead turnpike and Stewart Ave. remained at $3.73... so just about all others started price gouging in our area. The Gulf across from King Kullen also had high prices... Right now most stations are STILL price gouging!!! They should take Oil off the stock exchange and make it a nessesity. Or, control the price better like they do with cigarettes, (Without all the taxes).
Lynne O'Leary December 02, 2012 at 08:58 AM
This station has always been a rip off. More so than others. Just yesterday their price was $4.29 for regular, Shamrock on No. Jerusalem was $3.75. Years ago, when I smoked, I would run in & buy a pack of cigs., but I never bought gas at this station.
Lynne O'Leary December 02, 2012 at 09:04 AM
This station has always been a rip off. Just yesterday the price was $4.29 for a gal. of reg. Shamrock on No. Jerusalem was $3.75. Years ago when I smoked, I would run in & buy a pack of cigs., but I would never buy gas at this station.
Santa Claus December 02, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Lynne... Go check the prices more carefully... They were 3.79 for the past week... You must be looking at the Super or Plus Price... I got gas there (Ultra) 3 days ago for 3.79 and Shamrock was 3.79 that day also.
dottyo December 02, 2012 at 01:59 PM
The Ultra gas station lines did not back up from Hempstead Tpke down Jerusalem to Spindle lane that line was for the one across from Ultra. Ultra gas station lines backed up down the King Kullen parking lot past the Starbucks into the service rd of eastbound Hempstead Tpke. Some of us were on the line to gas up to continue to go to work through the days after the storm some of us have a long commute and most were not hoarding gasoline in water bottles.
Justin December 03, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Lynne i went there yeasterday . They were the cheapest around 3.75 per gallon of reg


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