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East End Gasoline Prediction by the #1 East End Gas Expert

The expert speaks on gas prices on the East End.

One thing everyone who drives on the East End really hates is standing at the gas pump as the dial goes past $60 then $70 and for those 20 gallon tanks plus $80.

Now when I wrote political columns State Assemblyman and East End legend Fred Thiele was the go-to guy about gas prices. He has been on the forefront of fair pricing of gas on the East End. His office puts out a monthly evaluation of the price gougers so I asked him: What did he see for the coming year on the East End concerning gas prices. I asked will the gas price be closer to $3 or $5. Here is his answer:

"Nothing is more subject to error than pundits that attempt to predict the long term direction of gasoline prices.  Perhaps the Old Farmers Almanac has a better record in predicting the weather. No one really knows for sure because of the volatility of the market. Absent a natural disaster or a geopolitical crisis, I would expect gasoline prices to continue within the range they have over the last two years that I have tracked prices. During that period, prices have oscillated between $3.70 and $4.25 per gallon on the South Fork. During that period South Fork prices have been as much as 31 cents above the Long Island average, pointing out the continued need for a strong anti-zone pricing law, which I passed in the Assembly last year. In short, I think prices will continue to be closer to $4 than $3 or $5 ... but without enactment of my bill, local prices will be higher than they should be because of the unfair practices of big oil companies." 

So there it is. Perhaps you should comment here. I sure he will be reading them!

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T.J. Clemente January 09, 2013 at 04:30 PM
While i thank you for reading Patch.com Blogs I must take the time to say that Fred Thiele is a very hard working public official, hopefully you will respect why he wins with 65% of the vote every time and lately as an Independent. He works for the people of the east end and not the other way around. It is a free country, or so they say, but offensive comments without a signed named is cowardice.
DickeyB January 09, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Hey T.J., that's one way to stay popular as a blogger. Call people names that don't subscribe to your fawning over fraudulent politicians. I supposed that Fred can be happy with 65% of the vote - except he ran unopposed - making 65% of the vote a little embarassing.
T.J. Clemente January 09, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Thank you for reading Southampton Patch.
Preliator January 09, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Yeah, you would think running unopposed a super smart, super popular guy like Freddy Steal...I mean Thiele, would get 100% of the vote? 90%? 80%? But 65%...hmm, some thing isn't right. But thank you for reading Patch.
Mickey Mouse January 09, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Christmas Eve I stopped at the station on the entrance to Fireplace Road, handed the man $20 and said "I would like the cheapest". The cheapest read $3.something, maybe $3.75. Al too quick, the full up was over but only 4 gallons had been added. The man went back inside, so I backed up to see if I had made an error. I had not. At the bottom of the $3.75+ register, it read $5.00 a gallon.

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