Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano signed an emergency order on Thursday, limiting all gasoline sales to 10 gallons per customer as the city deals with a shortage in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
The order, which prevents customers from purchasing more than 10 gallons over a 24-hour period, will be in effect “until further notice,” according to Spano’s office.
Spano, a former assemblyman first elected mayor last year, issued this statement:
“As we enter day five of dealing with the impact of Hurricane Sandy, it has become clear that our gas supply is diminishing. Motorists are now driving to Westchester County, specifically Yonkers, to fill their gas tanks. We are attempting to be proactive in issuing this order so that our Yonkers residents have enough gasoline until the supply is once again at full capacity. I also ask our residents to be mindful when servicing their vehicles – it is important to be patient and considerate during this time of emergency.”
Emergency vehicles, school buses and trucks delivering food, water or medical supplies to Yonkers are exempted from the order.
There are currently 18,000 power outages in the city, according to Spano’s office.
Customers have waited in lengthy lines for gasoline across the New York City suburbs as power remains out for hundreds of thousands in the region. The Journal News captured this video of frustrations boiling over at a Yonkers gas station today.