Though New Jersey and Long Island have ended mandatory rationing of gas, today Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that in New York City, rationing would persist through Friday.
“With 30 percent of gas stations still closed and a major travel week coming, I am extending the successful odd-even system on gas and diesel fuel purchases to ensure we do not risk going back to the extreme lines we saw prior to the system being implemented," he said, in a statement.
Two weeks after Hurricane Sandy, six public housing buildings with some 1,000 residents still have no electricity, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg this afternoon was on the defensive.
"They're doing it as fast as they can," said the mayor, speaking to reporters in the Rockaways.
Tomorrow, New Jersey will lift its post-Hurricane Sandy gas rationing scheme, but here in New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to "ride with it," for a while.
"For the moment, we're gonna leave these in," said the mayor today at a school in Howard Beach that was badly damaged by the storm. "It would be interesting to see what happens in New Jersey, but you can never get good numbers anyways, so it's all gonna be anecdotal."
At any rate, said Bloomberg, "it's not that much of an inconvenience, people have gotten used to it already."
Mayor Michael Bloomberg today announced that, starting tomorrow, gas in New York City will be rationed, much in the way it has been in New Jersey since the hurricane.