Division of Weights and Measures
To assure a fair and equitable marketplace, for both the buyer and the seller, by conducting annual inspections and testing of commercially used weighing and measuring devices. To enforce New York State Agriculture and Markets Law Article 16, the New York State Code of Rules and Regulations 1NYCRR - Parts 220 through 224, and apply the procedures set forth by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Stephen J. Austenfeld
Our efforts benefit both the buyer and the seller. The buyer is assured that they get what they pay for and the seller is assured of a marketplace based on fair competition. The goal of Broome County Weights & Measures is "Equity in the Marketplace".
At least once per year, Broome County Weights & Measures inspects and tests all commercially used weighing and measuring devices for both accuracy and proper operation. Certified weights and measuring devices are used during these procedures. Establishments using commercial weighing and measuring devices are charged a fee for these services.
Some examples of inspected and tested devices include:
- Computing scales at supermarkets, bakeries, delis, pharmacies and butcher shops.
- Fuel pumps at gas stations, convenience stores and truck stops.
- Heavy-duty vehicle scales at sand/gravel yards, recycling centers, scrap yards and the landfill.
- Fuel oil trucks.
- Farm bulk milk tanks.
Broome County Weights & Measures also participates in the New York State Petroleum Quality Program. This involves collecting over 250 gasoline and diesel fuel samples yearly, on a random basis, throughout the County. These samples are then sent to a special contract laboratory for chemical testing. These tests assure that the fuel meets all appropriate quality standards and that fuel dispensers are properly labeled.
The next time you are at the grocery store or gas station, take a minute to notice the date stamped blue or yellow Broome County Weights & Measures Inspection Seal on the computing scale or fuel pump. This seal indicates that the device has been inspected, tested and is accurate. Most importantly, it guarantees that you are getting what you pay for.
Questions / Complaints
Broome County Weights & Measures will respond to consumer questions or complaints regarding short weight or measure, or motor vehicle fuel quality; by investigation and/or testing as the situation demands. If you have questions or comments, please contact us.