The average price of gas in New York State soared past $5 on Thursday, according to data from the American Automobile Association.
That’s the highest average price on record for the state and three cents higher than the national average at $4.97.
Western, Central NY average gas prices near $5
In Syracuse, the average price per gallon is $4.94 with the average price being one cent higher at $4.95 in Rochester, according to AAA.
The average price per gallon in Buffalo is $4.89.
In Ithaca, the price is slightly higher than in the three other cities at $4.96.
The highest prices in upstate New York are in North Country counties- Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Saint Lawrence- where the average prices are all above $5.
Crude oil prices to blame for high cost of fuel, says spokesperson for AAA
AAA spokesperson David Yates told 13Wham that if it wasn’t for the rising price of crude oil, New York’s gas tax holiday- which went into effect on June 1- would have likely provided a greater benefit to consumers.
As of Monday, June 6, crude oil was $120 per barrel, according to AAA.
They also reported a national average price for fuel of $4.86 as of Monday meaning that, in just four days, the national average price rose by 11 cents.
You can visit the Fuel Saving Tips page on AAA’s website for information on how to save money on gas.