Schumer Wants Zombie Gas Stations Gone

Eyesores to community and local businesses

Matt Moran
May 25, 2018 - 3:21 pm

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LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WBEN) - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling out gas companies to address zombie has stations that are scattered all over Western New York.

Schumer along with local officials gathered at the corner of Ridge Road and Abbott Road in Lackawanna where a former Mobil and Sunoco station had resided but now it sits as an empty parking lot and boarded up building in one of the most busiests interections in the city.

Schumer says it's time for the gas companies to either sell off the property or plan redevelopment.

"I'm here to fill the tank with a little gas to try and get this problem solved quickly because residents of western new york should not have to deal with the plight of abandoned properties and empty littered parking lots," Schumer said.

Schumer says it's also not a good look for local businesses. Cherryl Daulton is the owner of Winfield's Pub located just down the street from the zombie gas station. She says it's an eye sore to the community and just wants something to put in place.

"Someone would ask me what if they put another restaurant there? That's fine and dandy, it's not competition, we would just feed off each other," Daulton said.

In 2013 schumer says they were are able to work with local officials in syracuse to address a similar problem there. He said he will work to ensure a similar outcome at the lackawanna station as well as others across western new york. 

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