FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 23, 2014
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North Hempstead Takes Lead with $625,000 Grant to Create Charging Station Corridor
North Hempstead, NY – The Town of North Hempstead last week received a $625,000 grant as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Annual New York State Regional Economic Development Council Awards. The Town along with seven other Long Island Towns and Suffolk County was awarded $625,000 to create an East-West corridor of electric vehicle charging stations along the Long Island Expressway.
The Town of North Hempstead takes the lead as the project manager for the initiative and will commence meetings with other group members (Babylon, Brookhaven, Hempstead, Huntington, Islip, Oyster Bay and Smithtown) and advisory member Suffolk County in January.
A feasibility study will be done to determine the locations that maximize impact and the necessary design specifications. Each community is committing to facilitate the installation of four Level Two charging stations per town, track their usage, and implement unified building codes for the construction of electronic charging stations.
“Electric cars are becoming more prevalent in this day and age as their benefits to the environment are numerous,” Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said. “By working together with local governments across Long Island, we are looking forward to providing accessible places for residents to charge their cars, making the electric car owning experience more convenient and feasible.”
Town Grants Coordinator Thomas Devaney said that the goal is to locate the charging stations near businesses, such as restaurants, malls and movie theaters, so that drivers have a place to go while waiting for their cars to charge.
The Town currently has a charging outlet for electric vehicles at Town Hall and several public stations at the “Yes We Can” Community Center in Westbury.
In addition to grants received by the Town itself, several businesses throughout the Town also did very well including:
Elite Manufacturing Technologies of Westbury received $50,000 to purchase and renovate a facility.
- Sulzer Metco, Inc of Westbury received $100,000 to train 72 employees in lean manufacturing principles.
- Medical Depot of Port Washington received $50,000 to train 89 employees in effective management practices.
- Long Island Traditions, a non-profit out of Port Washington, received $39,000 for a new ‘Changing Tides’ exhibition and tour.