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Sullivan officials call for utility roundtable; information dissemination about Sandy ‘was flawed’


The gas shortage in New York City, its suburbs and in New Jersey had an impact that was felt in Sullivan County. County manager Daivd Fanslau on November 2 issued a state of emergency that included a “prohibition of purchasing gasoline or diesel fuel at retail locations in any quantity greater than that which would fill the vehicle, with the exception of a small container necessary to fuel a generator or similar machine, as well as an exception for Sullivan County agricultural industry support.”

There was concern about customers who were filling huge tanks in the backs of pickup trucks with the intention of selling the gas downstate, where supplies were temporarily interrupted because of the hurricane. Fanslau said there was concern that price gouging would occur. He also wanted to ensure that sufficient fuel supplies would be available for public works and public safety vehicles and for local residents. The state of emergency, including the prohibition regarding large sales of gas, was lifted on November 5.

Impact on polling places

This statement came from county manager David Fanslau: “The commissioners of the Sullivan County Board Office Elections has all 63 election districts and all 39 poll sites set for the general election on Tuesday, November 6. There were two poll site changes necessary to accomplish this. The poll site at Forestburgh Town Hall was moved to the Forestburgh Firehouse, and the poll site has been moved from the Willowemoc Baptist church to the Neversink Firehouse. Both of these changes were due to the lack of power at the original sites caused by Hurricane Sandy.”