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NY deems free electric car charging unconstitutional on public property | Fox News

You might think that installing a charging station for plug-in electric cars shouldn’t be thatcomplicated. It’s essentially an electric appliance.

But in the city of Watertown, New York, City Attorney Robert J. Slye recently determined that installing charging stations in a municipal parking lot would be nothing less than unconstitutional.

The New York State Constitution, he noted, says that municipalities shall not “give or loan any money or property to or in aid of any individual, corporation or association, or private undertaking.”

And the New York State comptroller rendered the same opinion to City Hall in Ogdensburg, New York, as well.

Similarly, charging stations announced for the city of Rochester and towns in Westchester County are not planned for municipal properties.



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