Hempstead Town to Become First on Long Island to Pilot Electric Garbage Truck – Supervisor Clavin Outlines ‘Vision 2040’ Commitment to Convert Entire Town Fleet to Clean Energy Vehicles

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Clavin & Town Board Preview NYC Department of Sanitation’s Mack LR Electric Garbage Truck, State-of-the-Art Clean Air Vehicle is Only One of Two in the World – Town of Hempstead Sanitation to Test Model Truck by End of Year

Imagine a time when a garbage truck quietly makes its way through the neighborhood during early morning rounds, emitting zero emissions and actually reducing air pollution. Thanks to impressive technological advances by manufacturers of heavy vehicle equipment, that time has almost arrived. In time for Earth Day, Supervisor Don Clavin today announced “Vision 2040,” a commitment to convert the Town of Hempstead’s entire fleet to clean energy vehicles by the year 2040.

Along with colleagues on the Hempstead Town Board, Clavin previewed a state-of-the-art Mack LR Electric garbage truck, currently deployed by New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY), at Rath Park in Franklin Square. The electric truck display and preview, open to members of the media, was coordinated in collaboration with DSNY, Mack Trucks and Gabrielli Truck Sales. Clavin also announced a plan to make the Town of Hempstead the first municipality on Long Island to test out the Mack LR Electric Truck by the end of this year. Joining with Clavin in support of the clean energy vision are Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Bruce Blakeman, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr., Councilman Tom Muscarella, Councilman Chris Carini, Town Clerk Kate Murray and Receiver Jeanine Driscoll.

“As manufacturers race to devise the latest green technology, we at the Town of Hempstead are thrilled to take the proactive step by piloting this cutting-edge Mack LR Electric Garbage truck by the end of this year,” Clavin said. “As part of ‘Vision 2040,’ we plan to pilot more clean energy vehicles across our various departments, pursue grants and incentives, and implement the necessary infrastructure required to maintain a successful electric fleet.”

DSNY’s LR Electric from Mack Trucks, is only one of two currently in the world, and the Town of Hempstead would be pilot a new vehicle that should be completed and ready to test by the end of this year. The Town is already in the process of introducing new electric vehicles to its current fleet, and exploring the implementation of new charging stations at town facilities.

Gabrielli Truck Sales is partnering with Town of Hempstead to lead the charge in its transition to Battery Electric Vehicles. Gabrielli Truck Sales is making investments into its facilities throughout the tri-state and training to ensure the transition from diesel powered trucks to battery electric trucks is seamless.

“I’m grateful for DSNY’s assistance in providing us with the opportunity to see this special electric garbage truck in person,” Goosby said. “As someone who has a degree in science, I know how important this is. At the Town of Hempstead, we’ve been a leader in green energy initiatives, and I’m so excited for our youth, who will benefit the most from these environmental projects.”

“This vision is very, very exciting and is something that we are on the Town Board enthusiastically endorse,” Blakeman said. “Working with Supervisor Don Clavin, the Town of Hempstead is at the forefront of exciting innovations and making the township a great, safe place to live. Thank you to DSNY for lending their vehicle for today’s event, and for the hard work and dedication of all Sanitation workers in our town and region throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.”

“The Town of Hempstead has always been on the forefront, whether down at the South Shore marinas or solar initiatives at Town Hall, we are preparing for the future and doing what’s right for the environment,” D’Esposito said. “It’s great to see we have set a vision, and though it may seem to be many years down the road, 2040 will be here before you know it. We are taking a step toward out future and protect it for our loved ones.”

“We really are ahead of the game, and setting the town for Long Island and maybe the country as America’s largest township,” Dunne said. “I’m thrilled to work with Supervisor Clavin on initiatives that improve the quality of life for our residents and help make improvements for our future generations.”

“The Town of Hempstead continues to be at the forefront of modern and innovative concepts, and we’re embracing this state-of-the-art technology as an important step toward converting our entire fleet with clean energy vehicles,” Muscarella added.

“Being the first on Long Island to pilot this cutting-edge electric garbage truck is another example of how the Town of Hempstead is a model for implementing innovative concepts for the benefit of our residents,” Carini said. “I’m excited to see this fully electric truck in action.”

The Town of Hempstead, America’s largest township with over 770,000 residents, has a legacy of being on the forefront of green energy and environmental initiatives. In Point Lookout, the Town of Hempstead was the first on Long Island to open a hydrogen fueling station in 2011, as well as implementing a 100-kilowatt wind turbine, a solar field, solar trackers, geothermal energy, solar charging stations at two marinas and an array of solar energy projects at government facilities.

“I’d like to thank Commissioner Grayson, Deputy Commissioner DiRico, and the entire Department of Sanitation for their commitment to sustainability and assisting the Town of Hempstead in our transition to Battery Electric Vehicles,” Clavin said. “We would like to join them in their ownership and enthusiasm for clean air. We salute DSNY for its compliance with New York City’s Executive Order 53 to convert to a fully electric fleet. Along with my colleagues on the Town Board, I look forward to moving swiftly on ‘Vision 2040’ to work toward a clean energy fleet for America’s largest township.”

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