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County should give street its name back

County should give street its name back

Editorial: A street divided, but a neighborhood united

Who can blame the handful of Princetown residents upset over Schenectady County changing the name of their street to honor a deceased town supervisor without so much as giving them notice? They were clearly wronged, and while it’s a shame that they’ve taken their case to court in search of redress, the county didn’t give them much choice.

Officials ignored the complaints of Heather Daniels, William Reynolds and others among the 15 residents who reside on the west end of Birchwood Drive and woke up one morning in October to see signs proclaiming their street “Muriel Peterson Drive” going up.

And partisan politics, which seem to be played for blood sport in Princetown, may not even have anything to do with the residents’ ire. They cite the inconvenience of people (like the FedEx delivery man) not being able to find them (because the GPS maps they rely on aren’t updated enough); the cost of having to get things like business cards reprinted; and just the fact that no one bothered asking them.

As one of the litigants points out, a state law forbids the renaming of county roads without more than one-half the property owners’ permission.

It may be a frivolous lawsuit, but 12 of the 15 residents’ counter-solution — naming their half of the now-interrupted road Birchwood Drive West and the other half Birchwood Drive East — makes enough sense that the county should agree to do so at once.

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