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Drivers Dread Pump Prices in Mount Pleasant

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The low gas tank light may be the worst enemy of many drivers as the price of gas continues to rise, taking a heavy toll on locals like Barry Follman of Pleasantville.

“I work out on Long Island and I drive back and forth five days a week,” Follman said.  “So for the people like myself who have their daily commute where they can’t utilize some sort of train or bus to work, it really hits their pockets hard.”

Over the past few weeks, prices of gasoline have risen as the weather continues to get warmer with spring and summer just around the corner.  Many stations across Pleasantville and Mount Pleasant feature regular gasoline prices just over $4 a gallon.  A recent report by The New York Times said that the national average regular-grade gasoline price is around $3.74 and that the federal Energy Information Administration predicts that the average can rise to $3.92 per gallon during the summer months.

Hastings resident Tommy Mitchell said that he believes the oil companies know exactly what they’re doing by spiking their prices during this time of year.

“The big oil companies know that during these months there will be a significant drop off in the amount of money that people spend on oil to heat their homes so they’re obviously going to try and compensate that,” Mitchell said.  “It’s all carefully orchestrated.”

Anna Loizeaux, a resident of New York City who was visiting Pleasantville Sunday afternoon, said she feels fortunate to not rely on a vehicle for her transportation.

“We’re lucky because we can use such great mass transit all the time to get around,” Loizeaux said.  “And we just pay a set fee, as opposed to worrying about the price fluctuating.”

Both Follman and Mitchell said that despite the rise in gas prices, they will continue using their cars as normal, suckering them in to whatever the price may be at the gas pump.

“I have two young children and they have various family needs so it’s a little impractical to try and use some sort of mass transit or walking around here as a main form of transportation,” Mitchell said.

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