Utica, NY (WIBX) - The national average for gasoline has dropped seven cents over the past week to about $3.47. So, why are we still paying an average of $3.87 in the Utica-Rome area?

New York State usually pays 20 to 25-cents more than the national average, but a combination of refining capacity and the lingering effects of Hurricane Sandy have us paying about 40-cents more per gallon that the rest of the country.

Ed Welsh, AAA Central New York regional GM, says there are still gas supply issues in New York City as Mayor Michael Bloomberg has continued odd and even day rationing through Friday.

The second factor, declining refining capacity, is an ongoing issue.

However, our neighbors in Syracuse and Albany are paying almost a dime less per gallon, at an average of $3.78.

New York City drivers are paying about $4.10 a gallon, Welsh said.