Acknowledging the extreme fuel shortage in New York City, both Mario Cuomo via his website and Michael Bloomberg informed the media and New Yorkers yesterday that the Department of Defense having set up mobile fuel stations throughout the area would provide fuel deprived New Yorkers with gas, FREE with a limit of 10-gallons per-person.
Mobile fueling stations will be set up at the following locations:
- Freeport Armory at 63 Babylon Turnpike
- Bronx Armory at 10 West 195th St.
- Brooklyn Armory at 1579 Bedford Ave.
- Staten Island/Elizabeth Armory at 321 Manor Road
- Queens Armory at 93-05 160th St.
The caveat, of course, is that first responders would receive gas first. Oh boy, New Yorkers are not going to like that.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had announced that the 5,000-gallon trucks from the Defense Department would set up the emergency mobile gas stations at five locations around the New York City metropolitan area. ‘Do not panic. I know there is anxiety about fuel,’ he said….
According to the 2010 Census, New York City has a population of 8,244,910 and according to Wikipedia, 48% of New Yorkers own cars (illegal immigrants and illegal drivers excluded). Many households throughout the City own more than one vehicle.
BACK TO THE CAVEAT – First Responders First
I know the mindset of New York’s big labor entitlement minded first responders as much as I know that New Yorkers will be outraged over the above caveat, which appears to me as Barack Obama subtle pandering to who else? BIG LABOR!
Even though the rhetoric is that first responder emergency vehicles are to receive priority, said caveat will not stand in the way of first responders fulfilling their personal needs and that of family members. In the end, New Yorkers will be exactly where they started, IN THE COLD.
…The trouble-plagued giveaway began when Gov. Cuomo’s office announced in the morning that officials would try to ease the post-Sandy gas crisis by giving out free fuel to both ‘emergency vehicles and the general public….’
…by the afternoon Cuomo spokesman Matt Wing rolled back the offer of free gas, announcing that fuel was intended for emergency vehicles first and foremost.…
‘…Right now, they’re not supposed to be for civilians at all — just the emergency-responder vehicles,’ Wing said. Nevertheless, many civilian drivers were able to continue filling up at free stations at Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Freeport, LI. At a location in The Bronx, civilians were barred from getting the fuel.….
What a Mess and Why Big Gov Should Stay Out of It
…The change came after the US Department of Defense — which provided the gas in coordination with the National Guard — said the gas was only for first responders…’
Yet, according to the DoD website,
‘…Today, the Defense Logistics Agency, National Guard, and the New York/New Jersey State Police will cooperate in the distribution of more than 250,000 gallons of fuel to New York/New Jersey residents, first responders, and emergency vehicles to support the ongoing recovery effort.
This fuel will be distributed evenly at 10 FEMA-identified distribution points — five in New York, five in New Jersey — and additional fuel will be distributed Sunday, Nov. 4, as needed….
(Screenshot below) As reported by the New York Post, there were three lines at the Crown Heights location. One line was for first responders, another for vehicles and another for pedestrians with gas containers and Poland Spring bottles (???), which stretched four blocks.
Well today is Sunday, November 4th and oddly enough, the mainstream media is loudly silent on the subject of free gas.
First OBAMA PHONES Now OBAMA GAS, Who would have thought.
As far back as I recall New York State has always leaned left. I strongly suspect that a desperate Obama is aware that many left-leaning voters suffering from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy will elect not to vote this Tuesday….enter Obama gas.
- if most New Yorkers on line for Obama gas realize that the only purpose for the distribution of Obama gas is to get them to the polls Election Day.
- Has the Department of Defense ever before during times of devastation provided Americans with free gas?
- If Superstorm Sandy had occurred months ago or post-Election Day would such an offer be on the table?
No shame – Chaos erupts over OBAMA GAS
The politically strategic move of stationing tankers in the heart of Crown Heights half-way between Flatbush and Bedford Stuyvesant, the first responders first deal, a fuel shortage and the very idea of 10 gallons or less of Obama gas culminated in the eruption of chaos Saturday.
The frenzy for gas, fueled by long lines and shuttered stations, reached a fever pitch Saturday even as a massive tanker full of relief sailed into the harbor.
The interminable delay stretched to 16 hours at one Bay Ridge gas station, where would-be customers sat helplessly.
Not even the promise of $10 in free FEMA gas calmed tensions in one tense 12-block queue along Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn, where tempers flared as desperate drivers tried to jump to the front.
The already-edgy crowd erupted when one man tried to cut the FEMA line with a 2-gallon gas can — and it took six police officers to restrain him from getting his precious fuel.
The gas hog was eventually cuffed and taken away, as much for his own safety as anything. ‘
It’s not good getting into fights over little things like this,’ said local resident Sandra Dyer after watching several near fistfights. ‘People get killed over things like this…
I understand very well New Yorkers being up in arms over the lack of fuel but losing it for a mere $30 worth or gas is ridiculous. Acknowledging that there are instances where a tank full of gas is absolutely necessary NYC is an urban area with access EVERYWHERE to transportation 24/7. There was a time when everyone walked and last I heard walking stillenables one to reach his or her destination.
More importantly, since we are entering the winter season, heating our homes, finding homes for those misplaced due to Superstorm Sandy should take precedence among other things and Obama buying the votes of New Yorkers one gallon at a time is not the answer.
Finally, I ask What is this “free” gas costing the US Taxpayer?
Like I said, who would have thought.