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Governor Cuomo Won't Rule Out Suspending NYS Gas Tax

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Albany, NY – Governor Andrew Cuomo did not rule out suspending the state's gas tax for part of the summer, as prices continue to climb. Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports...

Two Republicans legislators, Assemblyman Jim Tedisco and Senator Greg Ball, have proposed legislation for a gas tax holiday beginning Memorial Day, to help ease New Yorker's sticker shock at the pumps as gas prices continue to climb steeply.

Now, Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's not ruling out a temporary suspension of the gas tax this summer, but says he has to look at how much money the state would lose, and whether it could afford the loss in revenue.

"I'd have to look at the numbers," said Cuomo, who said "the cost of gas is crushing."

New York has among the highest gas taxes in the nation, at over 44 cents per gallon.

In Albany, I'm Karen DeWitt.