Patience on ‘E:’ Region’s gas crisis continues, but Gov. Cuomo says it’s ‘getting better’

  Drivers are getting fed up over long lines and long waits because of limited gas supply. ‘We’re not 100% sure when the system will be up and running where you won’t feel any effect whatsoever,’ Cuomo said.

Governor Andrew Cuomo visits The New York State National Guard while the load food and water to Not for Profit groups to distribute to Hurricane Sandy victims at Fort Wadsworth Staten Island, NY November 4, 2012.

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Gov. Cuomo and members of the New York State National Guard load necessities on Staten Island for Hurricane Sandy victims on Sunday. Cuomo urged New Yorkers not to hoard gasoline.

The panic at the pump — which has already sent two cops to the hospital — is here to stay for at least a few more days.

Gov. Cuomo said Sunday that the region’s gas crisis is “getting better,” but delivery and distribution problems that left some motorists high and dry won’t be over as the workweek begins.

“We’re not 100% sure when the system will be up and running where you won’t feel any effect whatsoever,” Cuomo said.



He begged New Yorkers not to hoard gasoline — because there’s plenty of it that will be available once power is restored — but the thirst for fuel could not be quenched.
Lines stretched for block after block near gas stations that had some to sell — a scene right out of the 1970s gas shortage — and drivers were willing to wait for hours to fill up.

“I’m on ‘E,’” said Joseph Montano, 25, a cook from South Beach, S.I., who had been waiting an hour at a BP station on Hylan Blvd.

“Yesterday I went to three gas stations. I waited like two hours at each gas station, and it was closed. … I’ve been trying to get gas for two days. This is crazy.”

The frenzy even landed the two cops in Brooklyn’s Lutheran Medical Center.

The two officers from Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct were struck by a car after a man got into an argument with people in line for gas at a station at 65th St. and Eighth Ave.

The man spat on someone who then called cops, a police source said.

“The guy was in a complete frenzy,” the source said.

The argumentative man took off in his car, going east in the westbound lane of 65th St., police sources said.

The two uniformed cops on Ninth Ave. walked down 65th St. to meet him and gestured for him to stop.

“He just steps on the gas and goes right at them,” a police source said. The driver stayed at the scene and was arrested. The cops’ injuries were minor.

“Although I understand that many are frustrated about the gas situation, I can’t express to you how important it is to drive carefully and to listen to the direction of officers,” Capt. Richard DiBlasio, the commanding officer of the 68th Precinct, wrote in an open letter to the community.


Nicholas Fevelo/New York Daily News

Gov. Cuomo and the New York State National Guard at Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, on Sunday.

Cuomo said there has been major progress in the past couple of days: More gas tankers and barges are headed to the area, New York Harbor is open and pipelines are “up and running” to some extent.

“That does not mean there will be a total alleviation of the problem in the immediate future,” he said. “But it is getting better.”

In the meantime, he said, “Now is not the time to be using the car if you don’t need to. … Now is not the time to be hoarding fuel.”

While the crippling blow Sandy dealt to the subway system put more cars on the road last week, causing massive gridlock, the gas shortage means there will be fewer this week.

“You’ll have more people on mass transit,” Cuomo said.

In New Jersey, gas rationing was in effect. Drivers with license plates that end in an even number can buy gas on even-numbered days, and those with plates where the last number is an odd number or with vanity plates can make purchases on odd-numbered days.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he declined the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s offer to give free gas to residents.

“There’s been no free gas given away in New Jersey. FEMA came to me and said that they want to give away free gas and I told them no,” he said, The Star-Ledger of Newark reported.

“I was not going to set up the kind of mayhem in New Jersey that they had across the river.”

With Matthew Lysiak

Drivers are getting fed up over long lines and long waits because of limited gas supply. ‘We’re not 100% sure when the system will be up and running where you won’t feel any effect whatsoever,’ Cuomo said.

Gas Stations with Gas Short Wait


In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, thousands in the New York City metro area are struggling to find gas.


Lines to gas stations are 30 minutes long in some areas and up to two hours long in others. The Daily Beast reported on November 2 that up to 75 percent of the gas stations in New York City are not able to sell gas. However, there is hope out there for those in need.


For New York City, I would recommend using the GasBuddy mobile app, which will locate which gas stations are open and serving customers.


I would also suggest searching Twitter with the hashtags #NYgas and #NJgas to find what people are saying about open gas stations in New York and New Jersey.


On Long Island, the Hess station located at 3924 Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown, New York, had just a 20-minute line as of 1 p.m. on November 2. has been keeping an updated list of the gas stations that are open and operating on Long Island.


There is currently no comprehensive list of the open gas stations on Long Island and New York City, but the New Jersey list is available. According to, here’s a look at the open stations in the Garden State:


Morris/Union/Essex/Passaic/Bergen/Hudson Counties


– Belleville – Station on Union Avenue near Washington Avenue.

– Clifton – Sunoco on Route 3.

– Dover – BP, Route 46.

– East Hanover – Sunoco at corner of Ridgedale and Hanover avenues.

– Fairfield – Valero on Route 46 East.

– Green Brook Hess on Route 22 West.

– Hasbrouck Heights – Shell, BP, and Valero stations on Route 17 North.

– Kinnelon – Lukoil, Route 23.

– Mahwah – Multiple stations open on Route 17 and Franklin Turnpike.

– Morristown – Shell on Morris Avenue ($20 max, premium only).

– Mount Olive – Exxon and Shell gas stations on Route 206.

– Morris Plains – Liberty on Route 10.

– Newark – Hess on McCarter Highway.

– New Providence – NJ Fuel, South Street.

– Parsippany – Wawa on New Road and station on Route 10 East between Powder Mill and Route 202.

– Roxbury – Hess Station on Route 10.

– Rockaway – Exxon, Mount Pleasant and Mount Hope roads.

– Succasunna – Hess at corner of Commerce Road and Route 10.

– Summit – Exxon on River Road.

– Union – Sunoco on Route 22.

– West Orange – Exxon at Eagle Rock and Prospect roads.

– Westfield – Exxon on South and Central avenues.

– Wharton – Costco on Route 15.

– Woodbridge – Wawa on King George Road.

– West Caldwell – Shell on Bloomfield/Passaic avenues.


Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset/Hunterdon/Warren Counties


– Bordentown – Valero, Route 130.

– Clinton – Shell gas, West Main Street.

– Cranbury – Valero and Sunoco on Route 130 South.

– East Brunswick – Lukoil, Route 18, and Hess, Route 18.

– Ewing – Lukoil at Ewingville Road and Spruce Street and Valero, West Upper Ferry Road.

– Edison – Shell on New Durham Road and Costco, Route 27.

– East Windsor – Valero stations on 130.

– Flemington – Wawa on Highway 31 and Wawa near Applebee’s, Route 31/202.

– Hamilton – Valero on Nottingham Way and Hess Station, Route 33.

– Hillsborough – Exxon and Quick Check stations on Route 206.

– Milltown – Hess, South Main Street.

– North Brunswick – Valero, Route 1 South, and Raceway Fuel, Route 1 South.

– Princeton – Route 1 South next to Princetonian Diner.

– Washington – Hess, Route 31.

– West Windsor – Lukoil on Route 1 South.

– Whitehorse Station – Go & Go on Main Street near the train station.


Monmouth and Ocean Counties


– Brick – Costco, Route 70.

– Berkeley Township – Quick Chek, Route 9 South.

– Brielle – Hess on Route 70.

– Eatontown – Citgo, Route 35.

– Howell – Wawa on US-9 North.

– Jackson – Route 537, north of outlets.

– Jackson – Quick Check, West Veterans Highway.

– Jackson – Wawa by Great Adventure.

– Lakewood – BP, Route 9.

– Little Egg Harbor – Wawa, Route 539.

– Leonardo – Wawa on Appleton Avenue.

– Manahawkin – Wawa and Gulf Stations.

– Middletown – Quik Check, Route 35.

– Middletown – Craig’s, Route 35.

– Neptune – Citgo, Route 33.

– Ocean – Hess, Route 35.

– Toms River – Wawa locations on Route 70 and Route 37; Exxon, Route 70; Vosper’s, Route 37; Raceway, Route 37 East.


Burlington/Atlantic/Salem/Gloucester Counties


– Florence – Various stations on Route 130.

– Lumberton – Stations on Route 38.

– Paulsboro – Wawa, Route 18 and 295.


N.J. Turnpike and Garden State Parkway


– Turnpike, service station between Exits 11 and 12, Woodbridge.

– Turnpike, Vince Lombardi rest stop, Ridgefield.

– Alexander Hamilton service station off Exit 16E, Secaucus.

– Garden State Parkway, Exit 143, Maplewood/Hillside.

– Garden State Parkway, Monmouth Service Area, Wall Township.


Eric Holden is a Long Island resident who was affected by Hurricane Sandy. He was able to buy gas in Levittown, New York, on November 2 at noon.

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