NY approves grants for new electric charging stations in Albion, Medina

Photo by Tom Rivers: This is one of the charging stations that was installed at Hoag Library in December 2021.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 April 2023 at 5:36 pm

The villages of Albion and Medina have been approved for funding from the state for electric charging stations for vehicles.

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $8.4 million in grants last week to 70 communities statewide.

The Village of Medina has been approved for $245,184 for two direct-current fast charger pedestals, while the Village of Albion was awarded $10,500 for two Level 2 charging ports.

Medina is in the smaller group of 28 of the fast chargers approved for funding, while Albion is in the group that includes 454 Level 2 charging ports, according to the governor’s office.

“New York has made remarkable progress advancing our transition from fossil fuels and reducing harmful vehicle emissions statewide as part of our nation-leading climate agenda,” Governor Hochul said in a news release. “Thanks to initiatives like the Municipal Zero-Emissions Vehicle Infrastructure grants, communities across New York State are taking bold action to protect the environment and tackle the climate crisis. We will continue to invest in clean energy to improve the health and quality of life of New Yorkers and ensure a safe and sustainable future.”

The locations for the charging stations in Albion and Medina haven’t been finalized. Medina village officials discussed having them at either the Canal Basin, in the municipal parking behind Main Street and East Center Street, or at the Senior Center on West Avenue.

Albion village officials discussed having the charging stations on East Bank Street in a municipal lot across from the village office.