Rockland County Orders Restrictions on Gas Sales

Rockland part of "Major Disaster Declaration" request by Gov. Cuomo.

County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef is announcing that Rockland County is facing a serious gasoline shortage as a result of the recent closure of the Port of New York from Hurricane Sandy, and that relatively few gas stations in the county are expected to receive fuel deliveries in the near future.  

As result, Vanderhoef, says he is issuing a Local Emergency Order restricting the amount of fuel that an individual can purchase at a gas station.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Rockland County has been
added to the Major Disaster declaration. Rockland has been designated
for Individual Assistance and Public Assistance Category A and B, as
well as Direct Federal Assistance (D.F.A.).

“Rockland County has suffered significant damage as a result of
Hurricane Sandy. I’m pleased that as a result of this disaster
declaration, many people  who have suffered damages and losses as a
result of this storm will now be able to apply for and will receive due
consideration for federal assistance,” said Vanderhoef.

Due to the Major Disaster declaration, the federal government can send
aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts due to Hurricane
Sandy beginning on October 27, 2012, and throughout the recovery. This
action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in
Rockland. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home
repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other
programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the
effects of the disaster.
Residents wishing to begin the process of application can call FEMA at
1-800-621-FEMA, or if able, visit www.disasterassistance.gov  A date and
time of meeting for small businesses will be announced shortly.

Other counties included in the Major Disaster declaration include: New
York, Kings, Queens, Richmond, Bronx, Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Check back with Patch for details on the new restrictions.

john November 02, 2012 at 07:24 PM
great story , how about adding what the restrictions are??? ridiculous !
Steve November 02, 2012 at 07:40 PM
So now the people will wait on 2 or 3 lines to get a fill up. We need to be sensible and go to the odd even selling. We do need to restrict the gas can people and idiots who show up with a tank or 55 gallon drum. But more important we need to get more gas to the stations. The national guard must have tankers or drivers.
riss1218 November 02, 2012 at 07:43 PM
how about putting restrictions on the people who fill up their generators and leave poor people who just want gas in their cars to get work alone. My car is pretty much dead in my driveway and I'm afraid to drive it anywhere for fear it will die in the street.
rose November 02, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Would somebody tell Vanderhoef that there is NOT a shortage on gas! The problem started with the pumps not being able to operate because of the power outages. So it remains a matter of restoring power to get all the pumps operating. Rationing gas is NOT the answer, it just makes what is already a tough situation even tougher!
William Demarest (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 08:37 PM
The restriction is 10 gallons per person and that can be for an automobile or a canister.
William Demarest (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Fuel services have been suspended at the Ramapo Service Area, located I-87 southbound at mile marker 33.3, between exit 16 (Harriman), and exit 15A (Sloatsburg/Suffern), due to technical difficulties. Motorists are advised to get fuel at the Modena Service Area, located I-87 southbound at mile marker 65.8, between exit 18 (New Paltz) and exit 17 (Newburgh), or at an off Thruway location.
john November 02, 2012 at 08:56 PM
lets worry less about getting to work and worry about people using their generators to keep their families warm and alive. the poor people that just want gas in their cars should do just what you are , stay home and be afraid to go anywhere. you have it all backwards. ridiculous !
john November 02, 2012 at 09:03 PM
lets put some pressure on some of the workers out there. while some are doing great, for two days in a row I passed a crew working on cutting down the same tree. I don't get that. clear what is blocking the road or lines and move on. dont waste two days cutting a single tree down to a stump. get it in gear.
JM November 02, 2012 at 09:10 PM
People filling up their generators is a small fraction to the gas issue and many generators take diesel fuel anyway. The issue is since transit is down more people are using their cars to commute rather then trains and subways. Also because of all the power outages there are less gas stations open. To tell a person that they can't put fuel in a generator is ridiculous. Your telling me that if I have a new born baby, elder or someone who neds medical assistance that I can't put fuel in my generator because you want to drive to work? I put gas in my car before the storm, expecting gas stations to loose power.
Bob Tyson November 02, 2012 at 09:43 PM
there is no shortage in Middletown on Route 6 & 84.
Bob November 03, 2012 at 05:06 PM
A useless move by a useless politician. If a 10 gallon limit is good, wouldn't a 5 gallon limit be better? Politicians know nothing of supply and demand. Simply allow stations and wholesalers to charge whatever they want. A rise of even $1 per gallon would induce suppliers to drive their trucks from Ohio, Kentucky, S. Carolina to sell here for an extra $10,000 per load. The supply will glut the market and in a week demand will be satisfied and the prices will drop back down. I by-passed a 2 hour line and stopped by an Exxon station that was selling gas for 40 cents more per gallon. The line was 5 minutes. Cost me $8 to save 2 hours. Less than minimum wage not to mention I did not waste gas idling in line. Free markets work every time.
Bob November 03, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Odd-Even does not make lines any shorter. It only changes who will be on line with you each day. They instituted the odd-evenin NJ and the lines are just as long. It is a scam that politicians use to make believe they are "doing something". The only way is to increase supply and delivery. Get generators to closed gas stations so they can pump gas that is in the ground.
rich November 03, 2012 at 07:35 PM
so if two individuals are in a vehicle.....one can get 10 gallons for the car and the other ten gallons for a generator??
stephany November 03, 2012 at 09:57 PM
people in areas with known outages that will be for an extended time need to be exempt from restrictions--my generator took 1 gallon of gasoline for every 2 hrs of lite duty use--my only decision was how to split up 10 gallons between my car and generator
Rob Green November 03, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Please remember this when you vote on Tuesday for local elections and vote against anyone currently in office. We need a clean sweep to send a message to these thieves that we are not going to put up with these insane taxes and inapt politicians. Vanderhoef is not seeking re-election because he knows he's toast. Let's get rid of the rest of them. I don't care who you vote for, as long as it's not someone already in office.
EW Jordan November 04, 2012 at 01:29 AM
anyone know why the empty Shell stations on 59 with power cannot get replenished/delivery trucks?
Bob November 04, 2012 at 03:45 AM
So if I bring my 5 year old with me and an extra canister, can he buy 10 gallons too?
JD Bliss November 04, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Where was that Exxon station?
Bob November 04, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Route 17 South in Mahwah, NJ. But that was 2 days ago. I have no idea if they have gas or what they are charging if they do.
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