Editor, The Spotlight:
It is nice to see the Schenectady County Legislature take the lead on efforts to promote electric car use within our county. I commend Legislator Santabarbara for being the sole sponsor of a resolution seeking a grant to build vehicle charging stations in the county and I am glad that he was able to persuade his colleagues to support the measure. Electric cars benefit the environment, reduce dependence upon foreign oil and, in this era of exorbitant fuel prices, save serious money.
It is encouraging that the county is moving towards converting a portion of its own fleet of vehicles to electric, as this should produce meaningful savings to the taxpayer. In addition, the installation of charging stations at county facilities to support these vehicles will also benefit citizens who choose to drive electric since these charging stations will be available for public use as well. The installation of charging stations at locations such as the Central Library, SCCC, Glendale Home and the County Office Building will also serve to help promote the development of an electric car infrastructure that will support our national effort to increase the number of these energy efficient, environmentally friendly vehicles on our highways.
I applaud Legislator Santabarbara for his forward thinking.
Patrick J. Saccocio