Fed up with rising gas prices?  What about the fact that prices in the Utica Rome market are higher than in other cities in the state?

If so you are not alone.  Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi is asking New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to investigate allegations of price gouging by local retailers.

Brindisi says he has been receiving calls over the past six months from constituents who have complained that prices in his district are higher than elsewhere in New York.  He has personally seen the difference as well driving back and forth from Utica to Albany.

He says that after doing more research his staff found that the Utica-Rome metro area has the third highest weekly average gasoline prices in the state, only behind Long Island's Nassau-Suffolk areas and New York City.  Those statistics are based on analysis of a report by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

He says the average American household is spending a record percentage of its income on gasoline.  Brindisi says that's less in their pockets and less being spent at other local businesses already hurting in a challenging economy.

Portions of our interview with Brindisi can be heard by clicking the audio buttons below:


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