A former Yates County Legislator’s complaints about high gas prices in Penn Yan could lead to a meeting between the legislature’s finance committee and local gasoline retailers.
Jack Clancy told legislators Dec. 10 even though the national gasoline price is down 30 cents per gallon, in Penn Yan it has only declined 10 cents. “I don’t know if it’s the retailers or their suppliers, but this combination is ripping off our citizens, many who are on low income,” he said, noting he’s seen lower per gallon prices in Geneva, Watkins Glen, and even Dundee.
Calling the village with five gas stations a “gas desert” because of the limitation on sales outlets, Clancy suggested the public should boycott purchasing gasoline in Penn Yan. A decline in gas sales in Penn Yan, could have an impact on sales tax revenue in Yates County.
Clancy said he recently purchased gas in Cicero for $2.34 per gallon from a retailer that has a store in Penn Yan. A week before, he paid $2.44 per gallon in Rochester. He says he’s able to purchase gas in other communities, but others who don’t get out of the Penn Yan area have that option. “It’s time to stand up for the low income people,” he said.
Legislative Chairman Douglas Paddock said Legislator Timothy Dennis, who will be chairing the January 2019 Finance Committee meeting, will invite the local retailers to meet with the committee to discuss the issue.