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November 14th, 2012

County Exec. continues Rockland gas restrictions

POMONA - Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef recently made the announcement that he has extended the Local Emergency Order, which limits the sale and purchase of gasoline and diesel to 10 gallons per vehicle per day, inclusive of portable fuel containers.

The order excludes the wholesale delivery of fuel to gas station retailers, all emergency vehicles and commercial businesses, which were the only exceptions to the order. Vanderhoef had made the decision to restrict the purchase of gasoline after consulting with emergency officials and law enforcement.

"Faced with a difficult decision during the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy my administration felt it prudent to limit the intake of gasoline to help Rockland get through the fuel crisis that emerged following this horrific storm," said Vanderhoef. "While the fuel crisis appears to be starting to turn the corner, state and federal officials indicated to me that additional time is needed to restore infrastructure and gas supplies."

Vanderhoef indicated that during the storm recovery period he is encouraging people to conserve fuel, avoid unnecessary driving, and utilize Rockland County’s mass transportation system, which is running on or close to schedule.

Vanderhoef also reiterated that the State of Emergency in Rockland County remains in effect at this time.

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