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Local gas station owners concerned about generator cost

Posted at: 11/09/2012 5:43 PM
Updated at: 11/09/2012 5:47 PM
By: Dan Bazile

Governor Andrew Cuomo is floating the idea that all gas stations should have a back-up generator in response to the gas shortage downstate.

Many gas stations cannot pump the gas that's already in the ground because of a lack of power.

When the power goes out -- the pumps don't work.

This is part of the problem in New York City after Hurricane Sandy.

Gov. Cuomo calls that a major vulnerability in our transportation system that needs to be fixed.

Things did get pretty chaotic at times in and around New York City as many drivers waited in long line to fill up their tanks in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Gov. Cuomo says there was a delay in supply. That -- compounded with the power outage made things worse.

“I think every gas station should have a back-up generator, period,” he said.

Some local station owners are not against the idea, but they say industrial generators aren't cheap and they're not willing to pay for it alone.

“That cost of generators is going to go to consumers one way or the other and the customer at the pump will be paying for it,” said Saquib Choudry, Citgo Station owner.

Station owners told NewsChannel13 that a generator to run these pumps can run between $5,000 to $25,000 with installation.

They said if they're required to do it by law, than obviously they'll be forced to do so.