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Gas prices fall below $4

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As the summer driving season is set to begin, gas prices have fallen below $4 for the first time since February.

Prices at the pump plummeted to an average of $3.98 in New York City, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report.

Gas surpassed the $4 mark in late February, where it had remained for the past three months.

Historically, gas prices rise post Memorial Day as drivers take to the road for vacations and weekend getaways.

Over the past month, gas has fallen 20 cents. A year ago, drivers were paying $4.15 per gallon to fill up.

Nationally, the average cost for a gallon of gas is $3.63, five cents lower than last week.

Gas prices in city reach three month low

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Gas prices have reached a three month low as they threaten to drop below $4 for the first time since February.

Average prices at the pump fell to $4.03 in the city, six cents lower than a week ago, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report.

Gas surpassed the $4 mark in late February, where it has remained for the past three months.

Though the average still hovers above $4, many area stations’ prices have fallen well below that amount.

The cost of gas has dropped nearly 20 cents over the past month and is 20 cents lower than at the same time a year ago.

Nationally, the average cost for a gallon of gas is $3.69, 18 cents lower than last month.

Gas prices decline after approaching record highs

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After approaching record highs, gas prices have steadily receded over the past 30 days.

Prices at the pump peaked at $4.24 last month, but averages have dropped more than a dime per gallon in New York City to $4.13, according to AAA.

Gas reached an all-time high in the city, $4.411,  in July of 2008.

Prices this week come in five cents less than seven days ago and 16 cents lower than at the same time last year.

Nationally, the average cost for a gallon of gas is $3.78, 16 cents lower than last month.


Gas prices continue to climb

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The cost of a gallon of gas continues to climb as prices at the pump approach their highest point in nearly a year.

Gas has risen than 13 cents in the past month to its current price of $4.094, according to AAA’s daily fuel gauge. Prices tend to peak during summer driving season, meaning gas costs will likely continue to rise.

A year ago average gas prices were $3.817 in the city.

The national average is also rising and is currently $3.842, 27 cents short of the all-time high.

This Morning’s Top Headlines

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Graphic by Jay Lane

Queens woman shot to death on her porch

A mother of two was gunned down in a hail of bullets outside her Queens home early yesterday after a vengeful woman she bumped into in a nearby nightclub called in a hit squad, law-enforcement sources said. Sandra Bajnath, 39, was with her husband, Anthony Tika, 38, and their friend Sean Seepaul, 26, at Food Hut Restaurant and Bar when Bajnath accidentally bumped into the unidentified woman at around 3:30 a.m., the sources said. Read More: New York Post


Shocking video reveals hero teen’s brave stand to stop pals’ attack

He’s a teenage hero in one of the city’s most horrific pranks-gone-bad. In chilling video obtained exclusively by The Post, 14-year-old Achilles Baskin of Harlem is seen frantically trying to stop two twisted pals from pushing a shopping cart off a third-floor parking garage onto Manhattan mom Marion Hedges below — an act of bravery that he says still haunts him today. Read More & Watch the Video: New York Post


Police hunting Occupy Wall Street cop-kill tweeter

The NYPD is investigating an apparent Occupy Wall Street protester who made threats on Twitter Saturday about killing cops. “We won’t make a difference if we don’t kill a cop or 2,” someone with the Twitter handle Smackema1 posted at about 11:40 p.m. to Ustream, which showed footage of the Zuccotti Park protests in Manhattan. Read More: New York Post


Lively Queens House Party Ends With Collapsed Floor

Neighbors yesterday said they weren’t shocked when the third floor of a Queens home suddenly gave way and turned into a giant slide — sending as many as 100 teens attending a 13-year-old’s birthday party tumbling down. Miraculously, no one died, and only one person was seriously hurt — the older sister of the birthday boy. She’s expected to be OK. Read More: New York Post


Rep. Bob Turner blames Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and President Obama for high gasoline prices

Rep. Bob Turner opened his primary fight for the New York Republican Senate nomination with a familiar target — President Obama. The Republican hopeful perched in front of a Manhattan gas station Sunday and blasted Obama for blocking the controversial Keystone XL pipeline and for the price of gas in the city, which now tops $4 a gallon. Read More: Daily News


Liu chooses & biz ‘abuses’

Comptroller John Liu has awarded $6 million in contracts to manage city pension funds to a firm under investigation by New York federal and state prosecutors over claims it ripped off millions from public-employee pension systems around the world, The Post has learned.Boston-based State Street Corp. has faced litigation from state governments in Washington and California, as well as the United Kingdom, dating back to 2009 — each alleging the company fraudulently overbilled their retirement funds during so-called “foreign exchange” trades. Read More: New York Post


Police Investigate Fatal Stabbing Of Engaged Staten Island Man

Authorities are investigating after a Staten Island man was stabbed to death on Saturday just hours after his engagement party. Antonio Lacertosa, 27, of Staten Island was stabbed in the torso early Saturday morning, outside the Espana Restaurant in Annadale. The engagement party was held at another location before the group headed to Espana. Read More: NY1


Teacher Jonathan Polayes has avoided being fired despite years of accusations of misconduct

He’s been repeatedly accused of groping girls and making lewd comments about their breasts, thighs and bottoms — but the city just can’t get rid of this Teflon teacher. Jonathan Polayes, 60, a 22-year veteran of city schools, was one of the eight staffers singled out Thursday following Chancellor Dennis Walcott’s review of all misconduct cases since 2000. Read More: Daily News


Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and NY Knicks seem to be buying into interim coach Mike Woodson’s plan

The Knicks already have won three straight convincing games since Mike Woodson was promoted to replace Mike D’Antoni after D’Antoni resigned last Wednesday. Now, it’s time to see if they can take advantage of a key five-game segment and really start making a move up the Eastern Conference ladder. Read More: Daily News

Sun News Briefs

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Pol: Save Jamaica Bay from runway expansion


Assemblymember Phil Goldfeder recently sent a letter to Port Authority executives, urging them to reject proposals to expand the runway at JFK International Airport into Jamaica Bay.

Port Authority executives introduced a plan back in February 2011 which included filling in a significant part of Jamaica Bay.

“This plan has the potential to affect local neighborhoods and a wildlife refuge,” Goldfeder said. “Air traffic has greatly increased in recent years, and I understand the need for expansion, but this proposal has too many negative implications.”

Goldfeder said runway expansion into the bay has both environmental and economic risks. The area, he said, serves as one of the most significant bird sanctuaries in the northeast and is home to more than 60 species of butterflies and an array of reptiles and fish. In addition, many local businesses rely on the bay, he said, and residents who enjoy the park would see the space reduced.

“The public has really made their opinion quite clear on the issue. They do not want any part of Jamaica Bay destroyed,” Goldfeder said.

Instead, the assemblymember urged the agency to explore different, potential solutions that he said would “accomplish the same goal with less impact on our local families and environment.”

According to Goldfeder, the 400-acre parcel of wetlands and shoreline in question was designated as a wildlife refuge, park and recreation area in 1972 by the National Parks System. Congressional approval would be necessary to fill it in, as federal law specifically prohibits any airport expansion in the protected zone, he said. An environmental study of the area stated that any further man-made incursion would “diminish a national environment asset for future generations,” said Goldfeder.

“Jamaica Bay is an incredible natural resource that deserves our protection,” he said.


Night of comedy at Church Hall


The Nativity BVM and St. Stan’s Parish will present a “Night of Comedy” on Saturday, March 24 at 8 p.m. The show will take place at Nativity Church Hall, located at 101-41 91st Street, and doors will open at 7:30 p.m. There will be hot dogs, snacks and an available bar. Tickets go for $20 per person. Show officials said some material may not be suitable for minors. For more information, call Steve Jasiak at 718-551-2333.


Gas price gouging tactics thwarted


The assembly has recently passed a bill that would allow victims of gas price gouging to sue violators. According to Assemblymember Mike Miller, the rising costs of oil have led to serious competition between gas distributors, causing many stations to charge outrageous amounts for a gallon of gasoline.

Miller said price gouging occurs when gas merchants continuously raise their prices over the course of a 24-hour period, dramatically increasing consumer costs without the actual price of gas going up. The “predatory practice,” he said, “allows a deceitful gas distributor to make unreasonable profits at a time when many families are struggling to make ends meet.”

“As gas prices constantly fluctuate, we must make sure Queens’ families don’t fall victim to price gouging at the pumps,” said Miller. “This legislation would ban gas stations from adjusting their prices multiple times daily.”

As of March 13, the average price of gas in New York is $3.98 a gallon — 22 cents higher than the national average, said Miller, adding that in many places around the state, gas prices have exceeded $4 per gallon.

However, before the law passed, only the state’s attorney general had the power to fine or prosecute violators. Now, consumers may seek justice and compensation from dishonest merchants, Miller said.


Bill encourages open government


Assemblymember Phil Goldfeder announced a new package of bills recently passed by the assembly that encourages transparency in government.

“This package of bills allows New Yorkers to have greater access to state government by increasing openness and accountability,” Goldfeder said.

Among the changes, the legislation bars government agencies from inappropriately using the copyright law to deny access to a public record and limits the time in which state agencies would have to appeal court decisions that order the release of documents, the assemblymember said.

“We need to restore the public’s trust in government. Southern Queens and Rockaway families deserve an open government that works for them,” Goldfeder said.

Prices at the pump continue to rise

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Gas prices continue to rise after surpassing the $4 mark last week.

Prices at the pump are up more than three cents since last week, with the average price in the city settling at $4.06, according to AAA’s daily fuel gauge.


The cost of gas has been rising steadily since the start of the year and is up nearly 20 cents since last month.

Nationally, prices have risen 7 cents in the past week and 20 cents over the past two weeks.


Afternoon Roundup

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A drug mule who said she was three months pregnant gave birth at Kennedy Airport — to a stash of heroin, authorities said. Read more: DailyNews

Citi Field revenues have dropped more than 30 percent since the New York Mets ballpark opened in 2009, and premium ticket sales are down by nearly 50 percent, according to financial records. Read more: NYPost

A Queens man was killed early this morning when he rear-ended a commercial truck in Springfield Gardens. Read more: NYPost

These photos won’t make the wedding album. A Queens couple claim a twisted wedding photographer Photoshopped the groom’s grinning head onto the body of a curvy blonde and pasted the bride’s beaming face atop a nearly naked woman, in a bizarre online smear campaign. Read more: NYPost

As fuel prices across the country continue to rise, two state lawmakers want consumers to be protected from price spikes at the gas pump. State Senator Eric Adams and State Assemblyman David Weprin introduced a bill this week that would require all gas stations to post signs with contact information for the State Consumer Protection Board. Read more: NY1

Drivers suffer pain at the pump

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On a recent rainy Friday, Vinny Rajkumar, a Toyota Camry driver, fondly remembered a time when it cost him $30 to get 10 gallons of gas.

But as the numbers quickly ticked up and up, he told a much different story.

“I couldn’t afford food, so now I pay $20 at a time for gas,” he said. “I always try to use other friends’ cars, and when my friends drive my car, I have to charge them $2 or $3.”

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA New York), this is the third time gas prices have hit $4 a gallon in New York.

Part of what’s driving the increase is the fact that “crude oil is a global commodity,” according to Robert Sinclair Jr., manager of media relations for AAA New York. With demand up in parts of the world, prices go up, he explained.

Also, according to Sinclair, “the northeast is a hotspot for higher prices because of refinery capacity. Two in the Philadelphia region closed down recently and one on St. Croix, owned by Hess and the Venezuelan government, also shut down. With less refinery capacity, there is less gas on the market, meaning higher gas prices.”

Sinclair pointed out that another refinery, owned by Sun Oil Co. (Sunoco) is scheduled to close or be sold by July 1 – “right in the middle of driving season.”

This, he noted, also sends prices higher.

“Refineries change to summer blend gas, which is more expensive to refine and distribute.”

So those summer road trips cost more.

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“We think upward pressure on prices will continue until mid-April,” he offered.

But, said Sinclair, the “most important collateral damage is the effect the gas prices have on truckers.”

“We rely on trucks for delivery of freight; as prices go up, they won’t absorb it, they pass it along, and everything from clothes to cars are delivered by truck.”

As far as drivers are concerned, the pain at the pump is getting worse.

Joe Sultana spends $90 to fill up his Chevy Tahoe, and it lasts only about four days. He spends about $900 a month on gas alone.

“I’m thinking about trading this in for something smaller, but it drives me crazy that we’re so dependent on fuel. If you have a family, you need to have a big car.”

Fuel costs have even become prohibitive, he said, even when it comes to business.

“For work it stops you from being able to give the kind of customer service you want to, it makes it hard for you to make it out to see all of your customers.”

But Steve is loving his Toyota Prius. It only costs him $37 to fill up.

“It’s great! These days, everyone should have one of these,” he said.

Scott Salzman, sales manager of Star Toyota, notes that “the trend of the general market is going from fewer trucks to more hybrids.”

“In times like these, the sale of bigger trucks always screeches to a halt, you see compacts and sub-compacts more and more,” he explained.

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Ronald Cordero, sales consultant at Star Toyota, offered his prediction.

“The Prius will be the number one selling car in two years.”

Additional reporting by Sean P. Quigley and David Beltran


Gas prices surpass $4 in the city

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Prices at the pump continue to rise as the per gallon cost for customers has surpassed the $4 mark.

Gas prices have risen 25 cents over the past month and 6 cents since last week, according to AAA’s daily fuel gauge. The current average in New York City is $4.023 per gallon — a price that has not been approached  since the summer.

A year ago average gas prices were $3.619 in the city.

Nationally, prices are up more than 13 cents in the past week to $3.698.


More people pedaling in NYC

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As New Yorkers spin their wheels thinking of ways to save money with the nation in the midst of a recession and gas approaching $4 per gallon, a record number of residents are spinning a different set of wheels.

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) announced recently that biking has doubled over the last four years, and almost 10 percent more New Yorkers are taking to their bikes compared to last year.

The estimates come from DOT observations at six locations throughout the five boroughs — Staten Island, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, Queensboro Bridge and the Hudson River Greenway at 50th Street.

An average of 18,846 cyclists were observed each day at the six locales, more than double the number of riders recorded just four years ago. Bike riding at the Queensboro Bridge rose 18 percent between 2009 and 2010.

As the number of bikers grow, so do the number of bike lanes lining city streets. Over the past four years, more than 250 miles of bike lanes have been added in the five boroughs.

A recent Quinnipiac Poll found 53 percent of Queens residents were in favor of expanded bike lanes, finding cycling to be a greener and healthier alternative. Residents also overwhelmingly support a city program that will allow New Yorkers to rent bikes. Over two-thirds of borough residents approved of New York City Bike Share, which is planned to launch next summer. More than 50 percent of residents favor having a bike rental lot in their neighborhood.

To keep up with the rising numbers of cyclers, the city is converting individual parking meters — now obsolete with the proliferation of munimeters — into bike racks. The DOT has installed 175 of the parking meter bike racks throughout the city, including along 37th Avenue between 73rd Street and 77th Street.

“Our infrastructure needs to keep pace with new demands on city streets,” said DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. “By transforming obsolete parking meters into off-the-rack bike parking, we are recycling old facilities to meet this growing need.”

The city issued a Request for Proposals for a vendor to manufacture 6,000 additional racks.