June 27, 1942

Eastern Mayors Ask for As Relief
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The mayors of several east-coast cities yesterday asked that gasoline rationing be extended into Midwestern states to help relieve shortages of petroleum on the Eastern Seaboard. The request was made at a conference headed by New York City Mayor La Guardia and attended by Harold Ickes, coordinator of the Petroleum Administration for War (PAW). The areas suggested for the extension include western New York and Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan. The stated intent of extending gasoline rationing to the Midwest is to increase the movement of petroleum, particularly heating oil for home use, into eastern communities. Permanent gasoline rationing goes into effect in the eastern states on July 22 with the basic allotment set at four gallons per week.

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