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Haverstraw sees electric-car chargers as visitor magnet | The Journal News | LoHud.com | lohud.com

HAVERSTRAW — The village hopes to attract more visitors with a newly installed electric-car charging station.

Mayor Michael Kohut said the village’s acting justice, Luis Torres, helped apply for a state grant that paid for two sets of charging equipment and their installation in the village’s parking lot. The program is sponsored by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s initiative to install electric-vehicle charging stations statewide, aiming to encourage more people to buy electric cars.

Kohut said he thinks having a public charging station would attract people to the downtown, which Haverstraw has been trying to revitalize.

“If you go on the state website for charging stations, people know that they can stop in Haverstraw and get their car charged,” he said. “They park there for a couple of hours and go have dinner or something.”

Drivers can park for free up to two hours while charging. They pay charging fees through the device, Kohut said. It does not make money for the village but will not cost any taxpayer money, he said.

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Haverstraw sees electric-car chargers as visitor magnet | The Journal News | LoHud.com | lohud.com

HAVERSTRAW — The village hopes to attract more visitors with a newly installed electric-car charging station.

Mayor Michael Kohut said the village’s acting justice, Luis Torres, helped apply for a state grant that paid for two sets of charging equipment and their installation in the village’s parking lot. The program is sponsored by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s initiative to install electric-vehicle charging stations statewide, aiming to encourage more people to buy electric cars.

Kohut said he thinks having a public charging station would attract people to the downtown, which Haverstraw has been trying to revitalize.

“If you go on the state website for charging stations, people know that they can stop in Haverstraw and get their car charged,” he said. “They park there for a couple of hours and go have dinner or something.”

Drivers can park for free up to two hours while charging. They pay charging fees through the device, Kohut said. It does not make money for the village but will not cost any taxpayer money, he said.

“I think people are interested in it,” Kohut said. “I think people are happy to see the village becoming a part of the next wave of automotive technology.”

Electric-car charging stations are becoming more common in the Lower Hudson Valley. In White Plains, 10 stations are available at the downtown train station. Bedford recently installed six stations in shopping areas. More are planned along Metro-North Railroad, including stations in Tarrytown, Southeast and Chappaqua.

Montebello was the first Rockland municipality to host the charging station. Haverstraw is the second.

Montebello Mayor Jeffrey Oppenheim said the village is proud to be a “climate smart” community, installing solar panels to power Village Hall and the community center. Establishing the charging station, with the support of a federal grant, was part of its effort to go green, he said.

But he also said the initiative helped put Montebello on the map, literally. Montebello’s station is at Village Hall, near Thruway Exit 14B. For people traveling south from Boston to Florida, for example, Montebello is a perfect place to recharge, he said.

“It’s a really wonderful place for people to pull off the road, and they can charge their cars,” Oppenheim said. “They can hang out on our ground or walk to our restaurants.”

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