ALBANY, NY (Erie News Now)--NEW YORKERS COULD SEE MORE ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS VERY SOON, following the passing of A BILL REQUIRING NEW CONSTRUCTION WITH OFF-STREET PARKING TO PROVIDE CHARGING STATIONS AND PARKING SPACES.  

THE NEW CONSTRUCTION RULE WOULD APPLY TO COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES, APARTMENT COMPLEXES AND PRIVATE HOMES THAT DEDICATE A SPACE FOR OFF STREET PARKING SUCH AS A DRIVEWAY, PARKING GARAGE OR A PARKING LOT.
 
SOME LAWMAKERS SAid THIS legislation WILL IMPROVE THE STATE’S PROGRESS TOWARDS LOWERING EMISSIONS AND BUILDING ELECTRIC VEHICLE infrastructure.  
 
“We know electric vehicles run cleaner, they’re the right thing for the environment this is just getting us ready for again, new construction,” said Assembly Member Patricia Fahy (D-Assembly District 109).
 
BUT SOME REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS ARGUE THIS LEGISLATION WOULD ONLY SERVE TO DRIVE UP COSTS FOR NEW YORKERS.  
 
“I think it's something that’s going to increase the cost of housing, housing construction costs and on top of that it doesn’t apply to affordable housing. I think right there it says it because it's not affordable,” said Assembly Member Phil Palmesano (R-Corning).
 
ASSEMBLY MEMBER FAHY, A LEAD SPONSOR OF THE BILL, ARGUEd ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGERS ARE COMING DOWN IN PRICE.  
 
SHE ALSO EMPHASIZED THE NEW CONSTRUCTION RULE IN MOST CASES WOULDN’T EVEN REQUIRE THE CHARGERS THEMSELVES – JUST THE PANEL IT WOULD PLUG INTO.  
 
FAHY ARGUED THE PRICE argument DOESN'T APPLY – SAYING THAT IN SOME CASES, A PANEL AND A CHARGER COULD COST AS LOW AS $800 DOLLARS ALTOGETHER.  
 
“It is affordable when it's just the panel, it can be even lower than that, it can be a couple of hundred dollars,” she said.