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Local gas prices skyrocketing

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Western New York motorists continue to pay more at the pump. 

Gas prices have risen to an average $4.07 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline, up 7.6 cents in the past week. 

The cost of gasoline is 28 cents higher than one year ago and 24 cents higher than just one month ago. 

GasBuddy.com senior petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan says as we push deeper into September, he is optimistic that the high prices will begin to come down slightly. 

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says as long as America remains dependent on foreign oil, prices will be high.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer discussing high gas prices with reporters

"Otherwise, we're subject to the whims of people out of our control," said Schumer.

Buffalo prices are significantly higher than the national average of $3.86/gallon.  National gas prices are up 2.3 cents in the last week.