Mayor institutes odd-even gas rationing system for five boroughs

John Romano (l.) pumps gas into a Bayside station before the mayor announced the rationing system. Photo by Joe Anuta
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday afternoon that the city has instituted gas rationing in the five boroughs, which will function on an odd-even schedule.

At 6 a.m. Friday morning, only cars whose license plates end in an odd number — with Friday having the odd-numbered date of Nov. 9 — will be able to fill up at the pumps.

“This is something that is practical, enforceable and understand­able,” Bloomberg said at a news conference.

The mayor had no projection as to how long the rationing system would last, but gave a rough estimate of it being in place until “some time next week.”

Bloomberg compared the rationing system to the same one instituted in New Jersey, adding that it appeared to reduce the average wait time for gas from 2 hours to 45 minutes.

Police will be stationed at gas stations to ensure that the city’s motorists abide by the rules.

Reach reporter Joe Anuta by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4566.

Posted 4:47 pm, November 8, 2012
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Lou from Bayside says:
Bloomberg is a limp wristed,effeminate speaking do -nothing who finds time to ride on parade floats with transvestites and spends hours concerned with our soda consumption, yet this freak only had 25000 blankets on hand for over 40000 homeless and we cant get gas. You schmucks, you idiots placed those blue Bloomberg signs on your lawn and voted for this fiend (3) times and if you could you would vote him in again. This freak is now going to saddle you with all sorts of "climate change" taxes and fees! You idiots get what you deserve!
Nov. 8, 2012, 5 pm

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