HIGHLAND FALLS – Assemblyman James Skoufis is asking state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to investigate the owner of the only two gas stations in the Town of Highlands for possible price-gouging.
“I believe there’s a case to be made that they are pillaging Highlands residents,” Skoufis said Wednesday.
In a letter to Schneiderman, Skoufis said the stations’ prices, which historically have been higher than surrounding communities, have skyrocketed since Hurricane Harvey shut refineries in the Gulf of Mexico.
The two stations are owned by Chestnut Petroleum Distributors in New Paltz. The company did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday. A spokesman for Schneiderman also could not be reached.
The Shell station on Main Street in Highland Falls was charging $3.15 a gallon for regular unleaded Wednesday morning. The Mobil station on Route 9W in Fort Montgomery was charging $3.09 a gallon for cash customers and $3.19 for those paying by credit card.
By comparison, in nearby Cornwall-on-Hudson, Cumberland Farms was charging $2.64 a gallon for its Smart-Pay members and $2.74 a gallon for others.
And don’t ask Mel Jennings of Mel’s Tree Service about the price for diesel, which was $3.49 a gallon Wednesday at the Shell station in Highland Falls. He was buying just enough to get him across Storm King Mountain, where he knew he could fill his tank at a cheaper price.
“It’s outrageous,” Jennings said. “Why should we be subject to such gouging? I’m just a regular working guy.”
Wilfredo Rivera of Newburgh, who was in Highland Falls for his job mowing lawns, was filling up several large plastic gas canisters.
“It’s too expensive,” he said.
The Mobil station in Fort Montgomery had more of a mix of local customers and travelers passing through who needed to fill up regardless of the price. Several said they have not seen prices that high elsewhere in the…