Gov. Andrew Cuomo: 'No reason to panic' over gas shortage

The Governor said Friday that tankers are now making 'great progress' delivering fuel to distribution centers.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo (r.) adjusts his shoulder straps as he prepares to take a flight in a New York Air National Guard helicopter Wednesday, Oct. 31, in New York. The governor was joined by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, and local officials for the flight over the city, Nassau and Westchester counties to get an assessment of damages from superstorm Sandy.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he's signed an executive order waiving New York's requirement that fuel tankers register and pay a tax before unloading.

It's part of the process of getting gasoline to consumers left in the lurch after the superstorm.

The governor says there's "no reason to panic."

He said Friday that tankers are now making "great progress" delivering fuel to distribution centers.

Among other things, he says, a barge arrived in Newburgh, N.Y., early Friday.

He also says terminals that suffered storm damage are coming back online.

Obstacles being overcome include debris in New York Harbor that posed navigation hazards.

Coast Guard Rear Admiral Daniel Abel said at the briefing that other issues include "three fairly major spills" on Staten Island.

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