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The BPCA website posted a story about a state program to install electric car charging stations, with the first one being at the high-tech Solaire building on north BPC. From the website, “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s initiative to convince more people to consider driving electric-powered vehicles instead of those using gasoline took an important step forward today when a charging station was officially dedicated in the residential building in Battery Park City’s north neighborhood that has been at the forefront of sustainable design and operation. Francis J. Murray, Jr., President and EO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); Pat Romano, President and CEO of ChargePoint, the largest online network of independently owned Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations and Russell Albanese, Chairman of the Albanese Organization, who more than a decade ago embraced BPCA’s “Green Guidelines” by building The Solaire, cut a ceremonial green ribbon at the first two charging stations located at its garage on Murray Street near River Terrace.
Last year, Governor Cuomo announced $4.4 million being awarded to 10 EV companies, municipalities and other entities, including ChargePoint, to bring 325 charging stations to New York. Earlier this year, he announced Charge New York, an initiative to promote EVCs through investing $50 million over five years. The program calls for investment in 3,000 public and workplace charging stations by 2018, plus other steps to encourage growth of electric vehicle ownership.
Electric Vehicle Charging stations is completely consistent with the values of The Albanese Organization. It pioneered green development with the completion of The Solaire, the nation’s first LEED Gold-certified residential building. That was followed by the development, on North End Avenue and Murray Street, of The Verdesdian, the first residential building to receive LEED Platinum certification in the United States. The Visionaire, on Little West Street between Second and Third places, is the greenest condominium in the nation.”