Cortlandt Shell Station Named In Price Gouging Investigation

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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman named a Cortlandt Shell station in an investigation into allegations of price gouging. Photo Credit: Jessica Glenza

CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. ‒ A Cortlandt Manor gas station is being investigated by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman under the state's price gouging statute.

Schneiderman said the Shell at 3709 Crompond Road is one of 13 service stations in the state, and three in Westchester, that sold fuel for $5 a gallon or more. He said in a press release he intends to target the 13 for enforcement in "the first of what is expected to be a series of actions taken in a wide-ranging investigation launched in the wake of Hurricane Sandy."

The release said the attorney general's office received hundreds of consumer complaints since the storm struck on Oct. 29.

"Our office has zero tolerance for price gouging and we are taking action to send a message that ripping off New Yorkers is against the law," said Schneiderman. "Today's action is the first in a series of steps my office will take as we continue to actively investigate the hundreds of complaints we've received from consumers of businesses preying on victims of Hurricane Sandy.

"We will do everything we can to stop unscrupulous individuals from taking advantage of New Yorkers trying to rebuild their lives," he said.

The other Westchester gas retailers named in the release were both White Plains Mobil stations, at 174 Westchester Ave. and on the Hutchinson River Parkway. Both sold gas for more than $5 a gallon, according to consumer complaints.

The state’s price gouging law (General Business Law § 396-r) prohibits merchants from taking unfair advantage of consumers by selling goods or services for an "unconscionably excessive price" during an "abnormal disruption of the market."

The law covers New York State vendors, retailers and suppliers, including but not limited to supermarkets, gas stations, hardware stores, bodegas, delis and taxi and livery cab drivers.

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Jack54:

OK, you find the Shell station is guilty....how are they punished? You say you're only going to "investigate"....you sound like a paper tiger

kk227:

7 years ago, after Katrina hit New Orleans, 1 local station was found guilty of gouging, it was fined $10,000! Since then, they have become one of the lowest price gas in town.

The owner of the Shell station mentioned here, has many stations in the NY area. The fines should add up. This aint over yet.

MisterBill2:

From http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/nycode/GBS/26/396-r :

"In any such proceeding, the court shall impose a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed twenty-five thousand dollars and, where appropriate, order restitution to aggrieved consumers."

bliljeroos:

There is no Shell at 3709 compound road

MisterBill2:

Yes, there is a Shell at that address. It's on Route 202, the newish one with a car wash. Both they and the one on Route 6 were selling gas for $4.79. I reported them to the county DCA. This citation is well deserved on their part.

And it's Crompond Road, not Crompound.

ironbutttrfly:

Thank you for reporting them! They've been a bit of a sore spot since they opened.

Jeffg9:

Is this the same station that sold gas with water in it a few months back?

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