Governor Cuomo tells New Yorkers that gas is on the way. Right!
Long lines and flaring tempers run rife throughout eastern seaboard
Drivers in New York have tired of long lines and short supplies in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Shipments of fuel have been slow to reach New York and New Jersey, and Governor Mario Cuomo is advising everyone to stay patient as gasoline supplies make their way. "We're not 100 percent sure when the system will be up and running where you won't feel any effect whatsoever," Cuomo said.
Governor Mario Cuomo visited the New York State National Guard as they loaded food and water to distribute to Hurricane Sandy victims at Fort Wadsworth Staten Island this past weekend.
While Cuomo is urging New Yorkers to not hoard gasoline, the panic at local gas pumps, which has sent two policemen to the hospital, will continue for at least a few more days.
Cuomo pointed towards major progress in the past couple of days. More gas tankers and barges are headed to the area, New York Harbor is open and pipelines are "up and running" to some extent.
"That does not mean there will be a total alleviation of the problem in the immediate future," he said. "But it is getting better."
Even though Cuomo declared Sunday that the region's gas crisis is "getting better," delivery and distribution problems that left some motorists high and dry won't be over as the workweek begins.
"We're not 100 percent sure when the system will be up and running where you won't feel any effect whatsoever," Cuomo said.
Lines continue to stretch for block after block near gas stations that had some to sell, calling to mind the 1970s gas shortage. Drivers are willing to wait for hours to fill up.
"I'm on 'E,'" said one young short-order cook. "Yesterday I went to three gas stations. I waited like two hours at each gas station, and it was closed. ... I've been trying to get gas for two days. This is crazy."
Two officers from Bay Ridge's 68th Precinct were struck by a car after a man got into an argument with people in line for gas at a station at 65th St. and Eighth Avenue.
The suspect took off in his car, going east in the westbound lane of 65th Street, police sources said.
The two uniformed cops on Ninth Ave. walked down 65th St. to meet him and gestured for him to stop.
"He just steps on the gas and goes right at them," a witness said. The driver stayed at the scene and was arrested.
"Although I understand that many are frustrated about the gas situation, I can't express to you how important it is to drive carefully and to listen to the direction of officers," Capt. Richard DiBlasio, the commanding officer of the 68th Precinct said in a letter to the local community.
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