"Henry Hudson did land north of Albany in Mechanicville, and did meet American Indians there trading beads and other items," Houghton said.
The date of that landing was Sept. 19, 1609, 184 years before the town of Bethlehem was formed in 1793. The early response from town officials so far is to leave the seal alone.
"Most people are fairly happy with the way the seal is," said Houghton, who also understands the reason behind Gordon's query.
"It is a little strange if you look at it and one has a name and the other doesn't," Houghton said.
Supervisor Theresa Egan said it is not the first time Gordon has mentioned the idea of changing the town seal to her.
"He talked about this with me about a year ago, but I am very content with the seal we have now," Egan said. "I don't hear a lot of support to change it."
PHOTO CAPTION: The town seal of Bethlehem that depicts hundreds of years of historical significance is being called into question by outgoing Independence Party board member Tim Gordon. (Jim Cuozzo/Spotlight)""