Rochester’s gas prices drop but not by as much as nearby cities

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester’s average gas price has fallen by nearly 4 cents this week, as the state and local tax relief enters its second month.

Rochester’s average is $4.90 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s survey of 319 local gas stations. Prices in Rochester didn’t fall by as much as in Buffalo, which was 8 cents, and Syracuse, which was nearly 6 cents. Buffalo’s average gas price was $4.75 per gallon this week.

Despite the gas tax relief, the local and New York State averages are still near record-high levels. Rochester set the record, at $4.99 per gallon, on June 15. New York State’s record is $5.04, set on June 14.

News10NBC reported that gas stations in Monroe County are passing the $0.28 in state and county gas tax savings onto consumers. However, the price for stations to refill their gas supply is increasing, leading to a price jump despite tax breaks since June 1.

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The cheapest station in Rochester on Sunday was $4.49 per gallon, while the most expensive was 60 cents higher. The lowest price in the state was $4.52 per gallon. You can find the cheapest local stations through a link to GasBuddy.

Rochester’s gas prices have increased by $1.77 since last July. You can explore gas price trends on the website for AAA.

Gas prices have skyrocketed over the past year because of rapid recovery from the pandemic increased the demand so high that supply couldn’t keep up. Europe’s restrictions on importing Russian oil also scrambled world oil prices, affecting the U.S. even though the U.S. imports very little Russian oil.