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"Coastal Flood Warning" ...Coastal Flood Warning remains in effect from 7 PM to 11 PM EST this evening... * locations...low lying areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...3 1/2 to 4 1/2 ft above astronomical tides in the evening. * Timing...moderate coastal flooding around the times of astronomical high tide...between 7 PM and 11 PM. * Coastal flood impacts...potential for widespread flooding of vulnerable shore roads and adjacent properties due to height of storm tide and wave action. Inundation of 1 to 2 ft in the lowest lying spots. Road closures may be needed. Isolated structural damage may be observed along the immediate shoreline. * Shoreline impacts...elevated water levels in combination with 3 to 5 ft of surf are expected to cause beach erosion and splashover along the shoreline this evening. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal Flood Warning means that flooding is expected or occurring. Coastal residents in the warned area should be alert for rising water...and take appropriate action to protect life and property. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for this evening... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ... ................................(mllw/mhhw)................ Kings Point NY.......859 PM....10.6-11.1/2.8-3.3.....Min-mod.. Stamford CT..........821 PM....10.0-10.5/2.2-2.7.....Minor.... Bridgeport CT........818 PM.....9.5-10.0/2.2-2.7.....Minor.... New Haven CT.........817 PM......8.9-9.6/2.2-2.7.....Minor.... Old Field NY.........820 PM......9.3-9.8/2.0-2.5.....Min-mod.. Glen Cove NY.........900 PM....10.2-10.7/2.3-2.8.....Min-mod.. , "High Wind Warning" ...High Wind Warning remains in effect until 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds...northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. * Timing...the strongest winds are expected this afternoon into this evening. * High wind impacts...damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Numerous power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult...especially for high profile vehicles and on elevated roadway and bridges. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. , "Storm Warning" ...Storm Warning remains in effect until 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds and seas...northeast winds 25 to 35 kt with gusts up to 50 kt. Seas 6 to 9 feet. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Storm Warning means sustained winds or frequent gusts of 48 to 63 kt are expected or occurring. Recreational boaters should remain in port...or take shelter until winds and waves subside. Commercial vessels should prepare for very strong winds and dangerous sea conditions...and consider remaining in port or taking shelter in port until winds and waves subside. -- Monday Jan.23 17,09:24 AM

Gasoline Stations Charging Up to 25% Surcharges for Credit Card Users

Legislator William Lindsay III has released the following message.

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Hauppauge, NY - July 28, 2014 - Perhaps you had this experience: Driving into a gas station after seeing a large street sign posting the price and pulling up to the pump expecting at worst to pay around ten cents more per gallon for using a credit card.  Noticing the signs at the pump you are shocked to find out that the credit card price is a dollar more than the cash street sign price.  If you discover this before beginning to pump, you drive away searching for another station (which in itself is an annoyance).   If you discover it too late, you experience that feeling of being ripped off having been charged in some cases an extra $20 on top of the regular cost.  If you’re driving a big SUV that could equal $105 for 1 tank of gas.
 
After much public outcry along with 2 of my fellow Legislators I was able to introduce legislation that will hopefully prevent this.   IR 1637 (A Local Law To Provide Truthful Advertising At Gasoline Stations) would require gasoline stations to advertise the higher price on the street so that customers are aware of the exact prices they will be paying before pulling up to the pump. The legislation provides an exemption for retailers when the price differential between their cash and credit transactions is less than 5%. 
 
The gasoline retailers have been aggressively lobbying in opposition to this bill primarily complaining about the cost for the extra signage and the fees charged by the credit card companies.   However, since the vast majority of retailers fall under the 5% exemption, the law would be of no cost to them.  The percentage charged by the credit card companies is already less than 5% meaning the profit for credit card purchases is the same if not higher than cash purchases.  The law would only affect those few retailers that are overcharging with the credit card price.  As a firm believer in the free market I would never attempt to dictate how much any industry should charge for their services, however as an elected official I have a fiduciary responsibility to the protect the public from any deceptive business practice. 
 
If gasoline stations choose to follow this business model that is their prerogative.  This bill is simply trying to get gasoline stations to be more open and honest with their customers.  If you are charging this insanely high price good luck to you but no industry should rely on trickery as part of their business plan.
 
There is a public hearing on IR 1637 this Tuesday July 29th at 2:30 PM at the William H. Rogers Legislative Building in Hauppauge, North County Complex (North Side of Veterans Highway).  Many representatives from the gasoline retail industry will be voicing their opposition to the bill.  Please come out and be heard on Tuesday before this practice becomes the new industry norm.  I know we all live very busy lives and if you are unable to attend in person but would still like your voice to be heard please email any comments that you would like to have entered into the record under your name.
 
If you find this all hard to believe see the picture above, as a picture is worth 1,000 words. $5.27 for Super.
 
Image via Legislator William Lindsay III