Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi to better regulate gasoline pricing and reduce price differences for gasoline between the Mohawk Valley and other areas of the state has passed in the  Assembly.

“I consistently hear from constituents who travel to Syracuse or Albany and wonder why the price of gasoline there often is 10 or 20 cents a gallon less.  This law would help to correct that inequity, by strengthening state regulations to prohibit the arbitrary pricing of gasoline, which is known as zone pricing.  It’s simply not fair that because there is less competition here than in other parts of the state that every time a driver fills up here in the Mohawk Valley, they are likely to pay several dollars more.  This legislation aims to stop that,” Brindisi said.

Brindisi says under the zone pricing bill, the State Attorney General’s Office would be empowered to investigate reports from consumers of possible arbitrary pricing of gasoline.

This is the fourth time the bill has passed in the Assembly.

It not been passed in the Senate.