North Hempstead adds electric vehicle charging stations throughout town

North Hempstead adds electric vehicle charging stations throughout town
Town officials with Rebecca Shamtoob from Blink Charging, left. (Photo courtesy of the Town of North Hempstead)

The North Hempstead Town Board voted to add electric vehicle charging stations throughout the town during the April 4 meeting.

Parking lots at Mary Jane Davies Green in Manhasset, Clinton G. Martin Park and Michael J. Tully Park in New Hyde Park will each have level 2 charging stations. Lot 4 at the Port Washington Public Park District will also have a station.

“This is an incredible opportunity for the Town of North Hempstead to increase accessibility to electric vehicle charging stations for our residents,” said Council Member Veronica Lurvey in a statement. “This initiative was spearheaded by the Climate Smart Communities Task Force, and I was proud to bring it to the board. By adding these charging stations, we are furthering our goals of creating a more sustainable, resilient, and green future. It is my hope that this will also incentivize North Hempstead’s residents to transition to electric vehicles.”

A request for proposal to add the charging stations was first issued in December 2020 before the board authorized an agreement with Blink Charging in early 2021, according to the town. The April 4 resolution approved the installation locations for the stations. 

In March, the Town Board also voted to adopt a Climate Action Plan, which includes a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20%.

The plan, developed in collaboration with the Town’s Climate Smart Communities Task Force, focuses on decreasing energy use, shifting to clean, renewable energy, transportation and fleet, resiliency, adaptation and natural solutions and materials and waste management. 

Staff from all Town departments and the Department of Planning and Environmental Protection will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the plan. Oversight efforts include tracking and monitoring progress toward emission reduction goals and identifying proposed changes in policy, education and engagement, among other things. 

At the Feb. 7 meeting, the Town Board unanimously approved a resolution to authorize the expedited review of solar installations and electric vehicle charging stations. 

The commitment to electric vehicle charging stations falls in line with the Town’s previous investment in going green. In the 2023 capital plan approved in January, about $330,000 is committed to buying more electric vehicles and installing charging stations.

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