Officials cut red tape to speed up gasoline delivery

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In response to high demand and low supply,

In response to high demand and low supply, YonkersMayor Mike Spano Thursday announced a 10-gallon gasoline limit for customers. (Nov. 1, 2012) Photo Credit: Faye Murman

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The state and federal governments have waived a slew of regulations to speed up delivery and distribution of gasoline to the downstate region, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Coast Guard officials said Friday.
 
The governor also announced a new fund for victims of superstorm Sandy.
 
Here are the highlights of the latest briefing provided by Cuomo and U.S. Coast Rear Admiral Dan Abel:
 
—  Two million gallons of gasoline started being unloaded in New York harbor this morning.
 
— State and federal requirements have been waived to speed up delivery. For example, tankers won't have to register and pay tax with the state before unloading. The Obama administration waived the Jones Act to allow more tankers allowed in the harbor.
 
— Both the Buckeye Pipeline and Port Jefferson terminal are back on line — critically aiding fuel delivery to Long Island.
 
—  Cuomo and legislative leaders have agreed to establish a $100 million fund for storm victims.
 
—  30 FEMA teams in region Monday to assist homeowners with insurance, financial assistance and other storm-related recovery issues.

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