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NYC’s fleet gas bill rose 58% last year to $108 million

New York City spent more than $108 million on fuel last year to power the nation’s largest fleet of municipal vehicles — a whopping 58 percent increase over the previous 12 months.

Data provided exclusively to The Post by Comptroller Brad Lander’s office shows that between July 1, 2021 and June 20, city officials received $108,395,802 in fuel bills to power the fleet’s nearly 30,000 vehicles have accumulated. The current financial year ends on June 30th.

In the past fiscal year, the city spent $68,780,299 on gas.

Among the agencies hardest hit were the Sanitation Department, whose costs rose 68% to $31.1 million; the Department of Transportation, which rose 79.3% to $21.9 million; the NYPD, which rose 57.5% to $21.7 million; and the FDNY, whose costs rose 55% to $13 million.

Last week, the average national gas price hit $5.
Last week, the average national gas price hit $5.
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“Inflation and global shortages are fueling rising gasoline costs, and everyone is feeling the pressure, including city officials,” Lander said.

Last week, the national median price of gasoline hit $5 for the first time ever, as overall energy prices around the world continue to soar.

The rise in fuel costs comes despite efforts in recent years by Mayor Adams and his predecessor Bill de Blasio to reduce the size of the municipal fleet and get workers to rely more on hybrid and electric vehicles rather than gas-guzzling cars and SUVs.

Comptroller Brad Lander blamed inflation and global shortages for the law.
Comptroller Brad Lander blamed inflation and global shortages for the law.
Stephen Yang for the NY Post

The fleet consumed 25,796,373 gallons of fuel in fiscal 2021 and was on track to surpass that total with 8,764,888 gallons in the first four months of this fiscal year, according to data released by the mayor’s office in February.

City officials attribute the recent increase in gas consumption to fewer city vehicles on the roads during the peak of the pandemic the year before.

The city’s total energy costs increased 10.3%, or nearly $139 million, last year from $1.34 billion in fiscal 2021 to $1.48 billion this fiscal year, according to the Comptroller.

Fuel costs to heat, light and power properties in the city increased 65% to $91.1 million. However, the city relies on natural gas and other energy sources to run its schools, libraries and most of its properties, and those expenses rose 5% to $1.28 billion.

NYPD's fuel costs alone rose 57.5%.
NYPD’s fuel costs alone rose 57.5%.
Christopher Sadowski for the NY Post

The mayor’s office disputed the comptroller’s numbers and said Friday its data showed fuel costs for city vehicles rose 50%, from $61.4 million in fiscal 2021 to $92.2 million this year fiscal year.

However, both Adams and Lander agree on why energy costs have risen across the board and believe the city will see significant savings going forward by switching to more electric vehicles and retrofitting its buildings to run more on cleaner, cheaper energy to put.

“Rising gasoline costs, high inflation and ongoing supply chain issues have all contributed to higher fuel costs for city officials,” said Jonah Allon, a spokesman for the mayor. “Despite this difficult environment, we continue to constantly monitor costs and seek efficiency improvements in line with the Mayor’s fiscally responsible approach.”

Adams has announced plans to remove 855 vehicles from the fleet in the next fiscal year starting July 1.

He also exclusively told the Post in January he wanted to reduce the fleet to a “level minimum,” which includes bringing it down to levels seen at least during Michael Bloomberg’s tenure as mayor nearly a decade ago, when it was below 26,000 vehicles lay.

https://nypost.com/2022/06/25/nycs-gas-bill-for-vehicle-fleet-rises-58-in-past-year-to-108m/ NYC’s fleet gas bill rose 58% last year to $108 million

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