State budget provides emergency backups for gas pumps

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York's new state budget
provides funding for a stockpile of emergency generators so gasoline
stations can keep pumping and avoid the shortages and long lines that
plagued many downstate areas in the days after Superstorm Sandy.

The spending plan still being voted into law in
Albany would create an inventory of generators under contract through a
state agency that could be leased to gas stations in a disaster. After
Sandy hit the Northeast last fall, New Jersey then New York had to begin
even-odd rationing because the storm interrupted gasoline shipments for
a few days.

Gas stations are now required to have backup power, but the state stockpile will provide a cheaper way to do it.

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