Albany - (WALK) Memories of hardships and gasoline lines in the wake of superstorm Sandy are the inspiration for a plan to establish the nation's first state-based emergency gasoline reserve, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo.
A $10 million pilot program, similar to the U.S. Strategic Gasoline Reserve, would include storing about 3 million gallons of gasoline on Long Island at Northville Industries sites in Port Jefferson, East Setauket and Holtsville. Northville won a competitive bid for the project, according to a statement from the Governor's office.
The program, known as Fuel NY, will be launched in June. Gasoline would only be available to supplement supplies for local dealers and suppliers during declared emergencies, according to Governor Cuomo. "Fuel NY will make our energy infrastructure stronger and better-prepared than it ever was before."