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New York Attorney General launches investigation into Sandy 'price gouging'

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched an investigation into price gouging after receiving hundreds of complaints from consumers across the state after Hurricane Sandy.

His office has received complaints from consumers from areas of New York City, the Hudson Valley and Long Island.

The largest number of complaints are related to increased gasoline prices, he said.

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.

Boris praises New York authorities for Sandy response

London Mayor Boris Johnson has sent his support to New Yorkers after superstorm Sandy pounded the US east coast.

Boris Johnson. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Mr Johnson said: "Looking at the news at the moment it has been quite an appalling story."

The storm has caused 16 deaths in the US and Canada but the London Mayor suggested that could have been higher if New York authorities had not acted as they did.

He said: "They took it very, very seriously and I think, had they not taken it so seriously, the consequences might have been even worse. I do think, as far as I'm able to tell, the New York authorities have prepared extremely well."