Preserve Bethlehem, NY and Historic Slingerlands

Bethlehem Alliance for Historic and Community Preservation              

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Please, sign this petition and share it with your Bethlehem friends and neighbors! 

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The Bethlehem Alliance is a growing citizens organization committed to preserving our historic, community and environmental heritage, safeguarding our neighborhoods and ensuring that we have a vibrant community that grows carefully and prospers. Help us preserve our town’s “strong sense of place and community” that brought many Bethlehem residents and small businesses here to begin with!

We urge the Bethlehem Town Board to:

 1)  Commence an immediate, rigorous review of the Slingerlands National Historic District before considering any new development and consider all zoning options to preserve the historic district and surrounding community, including safe and enhanced linkages with the Slingerland Family Burial Vault, the Albany County Rail Trail and the Pine Hollow Arboretum and other significant resources; and,

2)  Work with the greater Bethlehem community to review zoning reforms which: a) establish high standards that developers would be required to meet (traffic, safety, alterations to community character, etc.) for project approval; and, b) establish a clear process for the town planning board to disapprove proposed development as necessary to preserve our neighborhoods if developers do not meet these standards. 

By signing this petition, your support will ensure that:  

Your voice is heard to send a message that you care about our community and want to help define its future;

We protect the character, safety and quality of life in Bethlehem in all of our neighborhoods; and,

We preserve the Slingerlands National Historic District and our surrounding community now and for future generations. 

Stand with us and urge the town board to adopt meaningful, permanent zoning changes that will have the force of law in Bethlehem! Each signature will result in the petition letter below being emailed to the Bethlehem Town Board.  If you prefer, please write or email the town directly.

Overwhelmingly, residents have asked what they can do to help. You can:

Actively volunteer to spread the word about the issues facing our community, encouraging other residents to sign the petition and learn more on about us on Facebook;

Share alerts with your Bethlehem friends and neighbors;

​Attend town board meetings: TO SIGN UP FOR EMAIL NOTICES OF TOWN MEETINGS, GO TO NOTIFY ME AT http://www.townofbethlehem.org/list.aspx

Speak out about the issues:

Write letters in support of community preservation to the editors of the Bethlehem Spotlight and Times Union;

Post comments in support on our Facebook Page;

Call, email and write to our Town Board members and tell them how you feel about preserving our Bethlehem community! 

Call 518-439-4955, ext. 1164; 

Email all town board members at TownBoard@townofbethlehem.org;

Write a letter: Bethlehem Town Board, Town Hall Room 106 445 Delaware Ave. Delmar, NY 12054;

Speak at the Town Board meetings held every two weeks (public comment period is at the start of each meeting at 6:00 p.m.); and

Email individual town board members (use the email addresses below) to share your personal views as a constituent they represent.

John Clarkson, Town Supervisor jclarkson@townofbethlehem.org

Julie Sasso, Board Member jsasso@townofbethlehem.org

Joyce Becker, Board Member jbecker@townofbethlehem.org

David VanLuven, Board Member dvanluven@townofbethlehem.org

Giles Wagoner, Board Member gwagoner@townofbethlehem.org

READ OUR DECEMBER 14, 2016 LETTER OF RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE BETHLEHEM TOWN BOARD

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  • Bethlehem Town Board

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