PUMP PATROL: Gas tax suspension begins in New York

Drivers should now pay less at the pump.

The state, along with Nassau and Suffolk counties, suspended part of the gasoline sales tax on Wednesday.

In Nassau and Suffolk counties, sales tax on gasoline amounts over $3 is suspended until the end of the year.

Long Islanders should expect to save more than 20 cents on every gallon.

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded on Long Island is $4.96. Sixteen cents will be subtracted from the state gasoline tax and approximately 4.5 cents from the county tax.

For example, an Exxon on Old Country Road cut its regular unleaded price from $5.09 a gallon on Tuesday to $4.83 on Wednesday.

“That’s a good thing,” says Muhammad Ahmad, Exxon-Bolla market director. “Gas is a necessity for everyone, for orders, businessmen, for all purposes.”

Some Long Islanders say they haven’t seen a price change yet, which the Nassau County Executive said could take some time.

“It’s going to take a bit of time because basically it’s only being implemented today,” says Bruce Blakeman. “It goes into effect according to state and county law. It will take a few days to get there.”

The Suffolk County Labor Department contacted the Long Island Gasoline Retailers Association and individual stations to alert them to the county’s gas tax cap.

The consumer division will begin surveys of gasoline prices on Thursday.

Anyone who doesn’t notice a rebate at gas stations can report it to the New York Attorney General or the Nassau and Suffolk consumer departments.

New York Attorney General Letitia James

Nassau County Department of Consumer Affairs

Suffolk County Department of Consumer Affairs

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