Assemblyman Bill Reilich (R,C,I-Greece) and his Assembly Minority colleagues have unveiled a three-point plan to offer short- and long-term relief for New York motorists.
The plan would:
- Cut the state sales tax and petroleum business tax by half, saving motorists 12.5 cents per gallon right off the bat;
- Create the “Alternative Fuel Incentive Fund” to promote alternative fuels and vehicles; and
- Open up the 27 Thruway service stations to E-85 fuel.
“Investing in alternative fuels is good for upstate farmers and manufacturers and will help reduce prices at the pump,” remarked Reilich. “By opening more alternative fuel stations, we can make owning an alternative fuel vehicle more attractive.”
The current price of E-85 fuel at the Campus Mobil station on Western Avenue in Albany is $2.59 a gallon - 58 cents cheaper than regular gasoline. “Ethanol fuel is environmentally friendly and with better prices as the goal, alternative fuels represent a win-win for New York motorists,” added Reilich.