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Cuomo spokesman: No word on odd-even gas rationing

A man exits his car to survey the

A man exits his car to survey the long line for gas at the Shell station on McLean Ave and Monroe Pl in Yonkers. Gas is scarce after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Hudson Valley and damaged several ports on the East Coast responsible for shipping the fuel across the country. (Nov. 5, 2012) Credit: Faye Murman

As Long Islanders continue to struggle Wednesday with long lines to buy gasoline, a spokesman for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said he still hasn’t announced a decision about instituting odd-even gasoline rationing in New York.

New Jersey currently allows motorists to buy gasoline on even-numbered days when their license plates end in even numbers, and odd-numbered days when their license plates end in odd numbers. Gov. Chris Christie has said the system has cut down on panicked gasoline lines, an assessment shared by the executive director of the New Jersey Gasoline-Convenience-Automotive Association.

Cuomo noted in a media briefing Monday that the system had been instituted in New York during the 1974 gasoline shortage. “We’ve done that before in this state,” he said. “There are a number of options you can consider [that] we don’t think we need – we haven’t had to exercise any of them yet, but we’ll see what happens.”

The spokesman, Matt Wing, said Wednesday that the governor hadn’t said anything beyond that publicly since Monday and that it was unclear whether Cuomo would hold another press briefing Thursday.

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