NEW YORK — Average retail gasoline prices in New York have fallen 1.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.42 a gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 6,118 gas outlets in New York.

This compares with the national average that fell 3.7 cents per gallon over last week to $3.05 a gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

LOCAL PRICES

In the Plattsburgh area, prices on Monday were above the national average but still better than they have been in years.

The Stewart's Shop on Rugar Street was charging $3.45 for regular unleaded gas.

The Mobil at the corner of Rugar and Military Turnpike was posted for $3.42 a gallon.

The Stewart's on Cornelia Street was charging $3.44, and the Sunoco right up the street was asking $3.45.

The Sunoco at the intersection of Military Turnpike and Irish Settlement Road is $3.41.

NATIONAL AVERAGE

Nationally, prices were 19.3 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and 18.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.

The national average has decreased 28.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 25.9 cents per gallon lower than one year ago.

STATES BELOW $3

Some states, including Florida, are seeing gas prices under $3.

"You know, I wonder if gas stations will run out of 2s to use on their signs because they can't remember where they put them all," GasBuddy.com senior petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan said in a news release.

"It's been a long time since we've seen this many stations nationally under $3 a gallon — nearly four years.

"The best part is that Americans are saving a staggering amount of money — almost $110 million a day — versus what was being spent at the pump a year ago.

"We're quickly approaching 70,000 gas stations in the U.S. selling under $3 a gallon versus around 7,500 stations one year ago."

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