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Briarcliff Residents Feel the Pinch at the Pump

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – Laura Lacy-Thompson said she sees the prices at the pump rising each day in Briarcliff Manor, but there’s not much she thinks she can do about it.

“They’re way too high,” Lacy-Thompson said Friday. “Once it passed a certain price, like $3, you just kind of expect it to be higher every day. I mean what can you really do?”

Ossining resident Joan Ponzini said she felt her heart sink when she pulled up to a station in Briarcliff Manor.

“It’s very hard for me because I drive my car for my job,” Ponzini said. “When I stop and I see $4.21 for regular gas, I just want to cry.”

Lacy-Thompson and Ponzini are two of many residents around Briarcliff Manor who said they’re feeling the pinch at the pump. The New York average for regular gasoline crept up to $3.974 per gallon, according to AAA New York , but the minimum price for gas in Briarcliff Manor was $4.099 Friday. A week ago, the average New York price was $3.91 and a month ago the average was $3.76. A year ago prices were down to $3.61 per gallon.

St. Louis resident Dick Peter said he felt the same way while making a delivery from New York City to Ossining Friday.

“It’s 35 cents higher here than it is in St. Louis but it’s a little lower than Manhattan if that makes people feel better,” Peter said. “But when I saw the Manhattan prices I was shocked. It’s getting to be pretty difficult now.”

Ossining resident Tessie Polygerinos agreed.

“It’s ridiculous,” Polygerinos said. “At one point not too long ago it was $3.50 and $50 was a full tank. Not long before that $30 was a full tank. That really adds up. You have to cut from your quality of life. I can’t see my relatives who live in New Jersey that often anymore because we just can’t afford it.”

Residents looking for assistance in planning a trip or finding lower prices for gasoline are asked to visit the AAA New York website.

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