Mayor Barlow Announces Oswego’s First Electric Car Charging Station

Mayor Billy Barlow, right, and SUNY Oswego student and Fulton resident Alex Chambers with the new charging station outside Oswego City Hall.

OSWEGO – Mayor Billy Barlow announced today (September 20) the implementation of an electric car charging station in the city of Oswego.

Mayor Billy Barlow, right, and SUNY Oswego student and Fulton resident Alex Chambers with the new charging station outside Oswego City Hall.

The charging station, located near Oswego City Hall at the West Second and Oneida streets intersection in downtown, is the first electric car charging station placed in the city of Oswego and is part of Mayor Barlow’s pursuit of making Oswego a NYSERDA Clean Energy Community.

“Introducing an electric car charging station to downtown Oswego will accommodate our residents who own electrical powered vehicles and continues our progressive pursuit of becoming a clean energy community,” said Mayor Barlow. “As a city, we must do our part to invest in clean transportation infrastructure and encourage our residents to consider cleaner and greener energy initiatives to protect our environment and keep our community clean.”

The electric car charger has two parking spots dedicated solely to electric vehicles, is equipped with two charging outlets allowing two vehicles to charge simultaneously and is free to use.

In 2017, Mayor Barlow and the Oswego Common Council passed legislation enacting the Energize NY Benefit Financing Program for city property owners to encourage building improve projects that reduce overall energy consumption as part of their efforts to achieve energy efficiency and promote clean energy initiatives.

Mayor Barlow invited SUNY Oswego student and electric car owner Alex Chambers to City Hall to recognize the opening of the charging station.

Chambers is a senior SUNY Oswego student majoring in electrical and computer engineering.

He drives an electric vehicle to campus daily from the city of Fulton and epitomizes the college’s commitment to improving the environment, reducing its carbon footprint and developing a deeper awareness of environmental and technological developments.

“I would like to thank Mayor Barlow and the university for their decision to install charging stations in Oswego. There are not many public charging stations in the area and it’s great that the mayor has taken the initiative towards a cleaner future,” said Chambers.

SUNY Oswego has six charging stations on campus already and the new charging station in the city of Oswego will allow for Chambers and other electric car users to travel in and through the city of Oswego knowing there is access to an additional station.


  1. I see this as a good thing overall for most of the reasons stated above. However, being “free of charge” (pardon the pun) could almost be like taxpayers are paying for “the fuel” of those who can afford such vehicals. Isn’t that the price that owners of such vehicals are supposed to pay themselves by owning one? Good publicity and good intentions no doubt, but at who’s expense? The other people who drive gas powered vehicals?

  2. How about a mail box outside the city hall so we can drop off our water bill . Or when you want to pay with credit card that would be free. How is paying for the electric fireplace this cars , the taxpayers?

  3. Isn’t it interesting that you have to put money into a parking meter to park, but you can get “free electricity” if you drive an electric car?

    The difference between the college and Price Chopper vs. the City of Oswego is that they are somewhat private entities by comparison, paying for both the chargers and electricity from their own financial sources instead of tax money for their own personal gain, whatever that may be. In this case, I don’t see it being much different than allowing certain people to fill up their gas tanks for free at the same place the city school buses and other city vehicals get their fuel.

    I get it that “the bigger picture” is about the enviroment, and promoting that is all well and fine. However, it’s not like these people couldn’t pay a monthly bill online for such usage, or something similar as stated above as I see it. As for a “Business Model”, perhaps the city should look at it more from that perspective, install a few more, and actually make some money from it. (That’s partly what they do with parking meters). After all, at some point, when 1/2 the cars on the road are requiring them, it certainly isn’t going to be free at that point for either the car owners or provided for free by the city.

    Once again, good intentions, good publicity and promotion, but perhaps a case of putting the cart before the horse. And speaking of horses, when people stopped riding them and started buying cars, I don’t think the cities were providing free gas for those people even if it was only 2 cents a gallon. But, they still may have been providing free parking for the horses outside the local saloon.

  4. I really could care less about what “The Wizard” thinks. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. However, your inability to spell is giving me a Headache. It’s “Vehicle” Einstein.

  5. re: Grade School Grammar…Implying that you could “care less” was a rather careless mistake in and of itself on your part. The correct and proper English is: “I really couldn’t care less”, yet you want to preach about grammar and be the online “Spell Checker” at the same time? Is that the best you can do? It never ceases to amaze me how those with so very little to say always seem to be the first to attack others spelling in their lame attempt to promote themselves as being some sort of “all knowing genius”. Nice try, but too bad it backfired on you this time.

  6. Electric vehicles will not save the planet. The electric they consume must be produced by coal, nuclear, or other means. Electric cars are not economical. Production of electric vehicle batteries produce extremely toxic waste that pollutes the planet. Ask Elon Musk and the chinese about that.

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