Capital Region fuel heads south to NYC

Posted at: 11/02/2012 8:28 PM
By: Dan Bazile

A fuel storage has storm victims fuming. Could our supplies be affected, too?

On the Thruway due south by Exit 24, an overhead display warns drivers about the fuel shortage downstate -- in other words, fill up in the Capital Region before you head South.

“To the extent there's a shortage of fuel, that's because there is a shortage of fuel,” said Cuomo.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says barges carrying loads of fuel were initially prevented from unloading in New York City because of the condition of the docs.

Some barges came up to Newberg -- which is a major distribution hub -- the fuel is then trucked down to the New York City area.

Matt Polsinello from Polsinello Fuels says the Capital Region is also getting some of that supply. His company has been trucking gas to New York City for Amtrak, media outlets and municipalities since yesterday.

“What we're seeing is supply is tight for suppliers like me. The end consumer right now is safe in their supply. We'll see what the next few days have coming.”

Polsinello says he's not the only local company delivering fuel to New York City -- and there are restrictions on the amount you can buy -- which is normally not an issue, but he says drivers in the Capital Region should not panic.

“I don't want people to think there's a potential for them to run out and they bombard the gas stations we have a situation we don't need up here,” he said.

Cuomo says things should get better downstate quickly because the tankers are now allowed back into New York Harbor.

“A little patience, compassion, and understanding will make it better for everyone,” he announced.