Editor's Note: The following was provided by the Clarkstown Police Department:
The Clarkstown Police Department has responded to numerous reports of disputes at gas stations.
The Clarkstown Police Department is urging everyone to be patient and to exercise civil behavior until the gas situation improves. Gas lines are long and can pose a hazard by blocking intersections or other vehicular traffic. Please be courteous to others by not cutting lines and by not obstructing traffic.
Starting at 6 p.m. this [Friday] evening, the County Executive has issued a local emergency order restricting gasoline purchases to 10 gallons. This order exempts emergency services vehicles and certain other commercial businesses. The Clarkstown Police Department will be enforcing this local order. People found disturbing the peace may be subject to arrest or issued a summons.
According to Govenor Andrew Cuomo, the gas situation should improve over the next 72 to 96 hours as the US Coast Guard has resumed barge travel along the Hudson River.