An Open Letter To The Residents Of Haswell Farms in Delmar, NY
Let me first start out by saying that Delmar is a pretty wonderful place. It has a lot to offer a young man such as myself, but unfortunately a few people are all it takes to spoil a good thing. I’m looking at you, Haswell Farms residents.
Now I grew up in the Albany Hilltowns. Everyone knew everyone, and sure there were a few jerks – my neighbors were a some of them – but generally it was a type of place where everyone got along and pretty much everything was pleasant.
I see the Delmar/Bethlehem/Glenmont area sort of like that. Except what I’m finding out is that a certain group of residents thinks that they are better than everyone else. That they can do no wrong. That they are blaming everyone else for the problems in their neighborhood.
For the last few months I have lived in the Enclave development in Glenmont. This particular development has two neighboring developments in Dutch Mills and Haswell Farms. The people of the Enclave and Dutch Mills are pretty quiet. They keep to themselves and don’t complain. BUT the people of Haswell have made life hell for everyone. They have been complaining about people driving through their neighborhood (THE HORROR) and claim that they are all speeding. The thing I don’t understand is that they think that it’s all due to traffic from the Enclave residents.
Right. There is no possible way that people from precious Haswell Farms could be speeding.
This all came to an ugly head for me when I first moved back to the area in October 2013. I was pulled over in Haswell Farms for going 33 in a 30 – downhill I might add. The cop claimed I was going 35 and that under normal circumstances he would not give me a ticket, but there have been many complaints about speeding lately. When I went to traffic court the town lawyer basically told me the same thing, that they usually never see tickets for things like this but the “people of Haswell Farms have made life difficult for the town of Bethlehem.” No shit.
So last night was a big town meeting about this speeding problem. I will say right out that I did not waste my time going to this bitch-fest. Apparently Haswell farms brought in “traffic consultants” (whatever the hell that is) and they concluded in that report that yes there was a speeding problem. They also concluded in this report done back in November 2013 that the traffic volume was “consistent with the levels that would be anticipated with the size of these neighborhoods and with the local street function.” The Bethlehem Spotlight also points out that it is unlikely other vehicles are “cutting through” Haswell, and that the problems are most likely being caused by, you guessed it, the people living there.
In conclusion I would just like to say please get off your high horse. You (the people of Haswell) are no better than the people of the Enclave, Dutch Mills or anywhere else. You are the awful pretentious residents of Bethlehem we have all grown to hate. To top it off you have shitty kids who do stupid things. Maybe you need to take a look in the mirror before you start making accusations.
I would also like to thank you for wasting countless hours of police man power. Thank you to the Bethlehem Police Department for putting up with this nonsense.
Everyone else in Delmar/Bethlehem/Glenmont