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Harrison Deals With Rising Gas Prices

HARRISON, N.Y. – For Harrison resident Jane McCarty, gas prices have gotten too high, so she bought a bicycle.

“I think the reason that the gas prices have risen so much is because our political leaders don’t know what they are doing,” McCarty said. “That the problem.”

Resident Tom DeVita agrees. Though he has a driver’s license, DeVita can’t afford a car on his current salary, let alone gasoline. DeVita also pointed the finger at elected officials, who he said can’t agree with each other on any particular issue.

Gas prices in town are over $4 per gallon. Owner of Foreign Cars Unlimited, Shalom Dayan, said that business is down 20 percent due to the rising gas prices. Dayan, who compared the current situation with a similar one in 2008, said that the reason gas prices are so high is due to the tension in the Middle East.

“The high prices are affecting more than just my gas pumps,” Dayan said. “It affects the way people shop. They are delaying repairs for their vehicles and regular maintenance.”

The situation is not much better at the Shell station on Halstead Avenue in the heart of downtown. Shell station employee Sam Lorenzo said that he wouldn’t be surprised if gas prices rise above $5 this summer.

“There are a lot of people hurting out there who need jobs,” Lorenzo said. “The high gas prices are not helping anybody.”

Resident Nicole Morrow has been affected as well. Morrow said that she is spending more of her money on gasoline than ever before. Though she tries to carpool, just getting to work is a costly endeavor when she has to drive herself.

“I think the gas prices are ridiculously expensive,” Morrow said. “We have oil in our country so why aren’t we using it?”

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