A gasoline price survey, released by State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. on Monday, showed 15 of 28 stations surveyed just before Thanksgiving in East Hampton and Southampton Towns are above the Long Island average.
Mr. Thiele found that the average price for East Hampton is $3.09, while the average price at stations in eastern Southampton Town, along Montauk Highway, is $2.29. West of the canal, the average is $2.35, he said. In Riverhead, the average is $2.19.
The average at gas stations on Long Island is $2.39; in New York State it is $2.36.
None of the eight stations in East Hampton Town were at or below the Long Island average, Mr. Thiele said. Of the 10 stations in eastern Southampton, eight were at or below the Long Island average, and 5 of the 10 surveyed in western Southampton Town were at or below the average for the Island.
“There is no other conclusion to reach other than the fact that prices are fixed based on geography, unrelated to actual cost. For example, currently gas prices are substantially higher in Hampton Bays, Montauk, and Amagansett than the rest of the Island. This is unfair and should be illegal," he said.
Mr. Thiele is looking to the State Senate to pass his legislation, which would prohibit zone pricing. The bill passed the State Assembly by 117-11 on April 5, but has languished in the State Senate, he said.