New York attorney general launches Sandy price-gouging probe

NEW YORK Mon Nov 5, 2012 11:28am EST

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Monday launched an investigation into post-Sandy price gouging after receiving hundreds of complaints from consumers across the state.

Schneiderman said his office has received complaints from consumers from areas of the state hit hardest when the massive storm struck one week ago - New York City, the Hudson Valley and Long Island.

The largest number of complaints are related to increased gasoline prices, he said in a statement, but consumers also have reported possible gouging for emergency supplies like generators, hotels raising rates due to "high demand," as well as increased prices for food and water.

(Reporting By Dan Burns; Editing by Eric Beech)

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