Todd Kerner, chairman of the local Democratic Committee, said the recent green initiatives by the board were politically motivated.
"We're asking them to do something four years of their term, not just when they're up for election," Kerner said. "Why does it take them so long to get on board? If it wasn't for the Democrats in this town, there wouldn't be any open space committees; there wouldn't be anything about green government."
Hughes said the formation of the alternative energy committee had been in the works for at least a month.
"I wanted to find ways in which we could both save money for the town while simultaneously protecting the environment," Hughes said. "We're going to find ways to ensure that we operate in a clean, green fashion that not only saves dollars but that saves the environment."
Hughes also responded to Kerner's claim that the timing of the green initiatives was political.
"The last thing the people of Clifton Park want is for me to say, 'Well, for the next eight months, it is a political year, I can't do anything,'" Hughes said. "If you could fast forward a year, you will see me doing precisely the same things that I'm doing today."