State AG warns gas stations to suspend gas tax and not pocket the money
Nick Reisman reports for New York State of Politics that anyone who buys gasoline and pays attention to politics knows that the state has implemented a gas tax holiday and the price at the pump has continued to rise. Democratic state Attorney General Letitia James warned gas stations on June 16 that they must honor New York's seven-month gas tax suspension. “As gas prices surge nationwide, we are doing all we can to provide some financial relief for New Yorkers,” James said. “New York’s gas stations are required to suspend state and local taxes through the end of the year to help working families because every penny off will help offset the rising costs of gas. I encourage consumers who suspect that their gas station is not following the rules to contact my office.” The state suspended its 16-cents-a-gallon tax two weeks ago, and since June 1 there has been a six-month cap on sales taxes in Dutchess, Ulster, and Delaware counties. Officials in Greene, Columbia, Albany, and Rensselaer counties have not suspended their gas taxes. Consumers can file complaints with the state attorney general's office if gas stations are suspected of pocketing the money that should be taken off the price of gasoline. Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.