Gas prices skyrocket 24 cents per gallon

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UTICA — The average price of a gallon of gas at service stations across New York rose 24 cents from last week, averaging $4.75 per gallon. Tuesday’s price was 57 cents higher than a month ago and $1.69 higher than a year ago.

New York’s average gas price is 27 cents higher than the national average.

“The high cost of crude oil, the key ingredient in gasoline, continues to push up pump prices dramatically for consumers,” said Patti Artessa, AAA Northeast regional director of public and government Affairs. “Even the annual seasonal demand dip for gasoline that we typically see between spring break and Memorial Day — which would normally help lower prices — is having no effect this year.”

AAA Northeast’s May 16 survey of fuel prices found the current national average to be 16 cents higher than last week, averaging $4.48 a gallon. Locally, the price in the Utica-Rome area was in line with the state average, running between $4.71 per gallon and $4.75 per gallon at local stations. AAA Northeast is a not-for-profit auto club with 70 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and New York, providing services to more than 6 million members.

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