County execs: LI gas rationing to end midnight Friday

After waiting in line, Alex Hook of Stony After waiting in line, Alex Hook of Stony Brook pumps gas into her car at a Gulf station on Route 25A in Setauket. (Nov. 8, 2012) Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

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Odd-even gas rationing will end midnight Friday on Long Island, Nassau and Suffolk's county executives announced Thursday.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone said emergency rationing based on final license plate numbers was ending because lines have nearly disappeared at gas stations. Rationing will end just after midnight as Saturday begins, representatives of both county executives said.

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The rationing plan was instituted effective Nov. 9 after long lines developed at gasoline stations, because supplies were short and many stations were without power, fuel or both.

Industry executives say supplies have improved, although the Island's largest gasoline distribution terminal, in Inwood, still has not returned to operation, nor has another in Brooklyn that supplies Long Island.

A spokesman for Mayor Michael Bloomberg said New York City's odd-even system would stay in effect "until further notice."

Along with ample supplies, drivers will find prices slightly lower than at the height of the shortage, according to the AAA. The motorist group said regular averaged $4.084 a gallon on Long Island Thursday morning. That's down 3.7 cents from Wednesday and a drop of 8.4 cents from the post-Sandy peak.

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The AAA estimated Wednesday that 80 percent to 85 percent of the Island's roughly 1,500 gas stations had sold gas that day, up from 75 to 80 percent on Tuesday. In New York City, 80 percent to 85 percent of about 800 stations sold gas Wednesday, the AAA said.

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