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NEW YORK — As gas prices reach record highs, New York drivers are finally getting some relief at the pump.

Starting Wednesday, a gas tax break takes effect in the state and lasts through the end of the year. 

CBS2’s Elijah Westbrook caught up with drivers at a Sunoco gas station in Yonkers, where regular gas was $5.19 — until today. 

“It’s been tough, man. I have two vehicles,” one driver told Westbrook.

Now, regular gas is $4.99, thanks to the gas tax holiday enacted by Gov. Kathy Hochul and other state leaders.

For the next six months, drivers will save 16 cents per gallon, amounting to approximately $585 million in total savings. 

The governor encouraged other municipalities to follow suit, and some are.

On Long Island, Nassau and Suffolk counties have decided not to tax any amount on gas spent over $3 a gallon. This will last until the end of the year. 

“We’re giving something back to our residents,” Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman said last month. “We just decided, let’s take a regional approach.”

“It will give people a sense, and this is important as well, that government is taking action,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone added. 

Rockland County is doing the same, except it will not tax anything over $2 a gallon until Feb. 2023. Westchester has also hopped on the bandwagon, not taxing gas more than $3 a gallon until August 31.

Drivers Westbrook spoke to were on the fence about the changes.

“We were hoping for more, 16 cents is not enough,” Yonkers resident Leo Periera said. 

“It’s still too expensive. A lot of money, a lot of money,” said Yonkers resident Henry Alcantala. 

“It helps, anything helps,” Yonkers resident Richie Torres said. “But it’s not really making a big difference.”

Right now, the average price of regular gas in New York hovers around $4.93. 


NEW YORK — As gas prices reach record highs, New York drivers are finally getting some relief at the pump.

Starting Wednesday, a gas tax break takes effect in the state and lasts through the end of the year. 

CBS2’s Elijah Westbrook caught up with drivers at a Sunoco gas station in Yonkers, where regular gas was $5.19 — until today. 

“It’s been tough, man. I have two vehicles,” one driver told Westbrook.

Now, regular gas is $4.99, thanks to the gas tax holiday enacted by Gov. Kathy Hochul and other state leaders.

For the next six months, drivers will save 16 cents per gallon, amounting to approximately $585 million in total savings. 

The governor encouraged other municipalities to follow suit, and some are.

On Long Island, Nassau and Suffolk counties have decided not to tax any amount on gas spent over $3 a gallon. This will last until the end of the year. 

“We’re giving something back to our residents,” Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman said last month. “We just decided, let’s take a regional approach.”

“It will give people a sense, and this is important as well, that government is taking action,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone added. 

Rockland County is doing the same, except it will not tax anything over $2 a gallon until Feb. 2023. Westchester has also hopped on the bandwagon, not taxing gas more than $3 a gallon until August 31.

Drivers Westbrook spoke to were on the fence about the changes.

“We were hoping for more, 16 cents is not enough,” Yonkers resident Leo Periera said. 

“It’s still too expensive. A lot of money, a lot of money,” said Yonkers resident Henry Alcantala. 

“It helps, anything helps,” Yonkers resident Richie Torres said. “But it’s not really making a big difference.”

Right now, the average price of regular gas in New York hovers around $4.93. 

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