The town of New Lebanon has added its first electric vehicle charger for public use. The charger is located at the Tilden Road trail head of the newly-opened section of the Corkscrew Rail Trail.

The new station, which is free to the public, is also close to the New Lebanon Library, the Farmers Market and local restaurants.

"We are excited to be able to offer this facility to the public," said Town Supervisor Tistrya Houghtling. "This charger will serve as a resource for residents using the rail trail and the library while providing a boost to local businesses."

The charger was implemented by the town's Climate Smart Communities Task Force with a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. New Lebanon became a Bronze Certified Climate Smart Community this year, the first town in Columbia County to do so.

More information on New Lebanon's climate and energy initiatives is available at the town's website,, and Facebook page,

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Community News Editor / Librarian

Jeannie Maschino is community news editor and librarian for The Berkshire Eagle. She has worked for the newspaper in various capacities since 1982 and joined the newsroom in 1989.