Some people are making more money than they should on the sale of milk, according to a New York Daily News story Friday.

None of those profiteers are those who produce milk in Delaware or Otsego county.

The newspaper reported that a New York City Council-commissioned survey of milk prices found that 86 percent of city stores were charging more than is allowed under state law.

It surveyed 50 stores in the five boroughs and found that 43 charged an average of 40 cents per unit above the state-approved threshold.

According to Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the threshold is $3.93 for a gallon of milk, $2.01 for a half gallon and $1.04 for a quart in the metro areas of New York City.

What with what's going on in today's economy, the news of price gouging in New York City is especially sad. With the price of virtually everything going up, families are having more than a difficult time making ends meet.

On top of that, the cost of just about everything is higher in a big city, and folks have to make choices about what is a luxury and what is a necessity.

"Milk is not a luxury, milk is a necessity for a healthy diet, especially for children," Councilman Eric Gioia of Queens told the Daily News.

Gioia, who chairs the investigations committee that did the survey, said enforcement of the state regulations is "clearly not working."

It's also not working for our local dairy farmers. They have a tough-enough time staying afloat in the best of times.

With the price gouging going on in the city, we're faced with two very legitimate concerns. On the one hand, upstate dairy farmers aren't seeing any of that extra money that stores are charging.

On the other hand, moms and dads in the city aren't at fault for complaining about the high cost of milk for their children.

It comes home to roost when members of the state Legislature get together to decide on issues pertaining to the dairy industry.

Our representatives need the support of their downstate colleagues to get anything done. But the senators and assemblymen who represent the city are hearing from their constituents that the price of milk is too high.

So, what can be done?

The Milk Price Gouging Law has been in effect since 1991, but apparently, enforcement is a very unfunny joke right now.

We encourage anyone who finds a store that is overcharging for milk to contact the state Department of Agriculture and Markets.

When that department receives a complaint, the store is asked to justify the price or reduce it, according to a spokeswoman. That doesn't give stores much incentive to comply with the law, which obviously should be strengthened.

If you agree, you can file a complaint at or (800) 554-4501 and contact your local state senator and assemblyman.

If the law is not changed, things will only get worse.

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