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If They Want to Be Elected, We’re Going to Grill Them! Re: Phil Crandall

Come Clean! Candidates!

We want to know and we want you, our readers, to know what exactly the Candidates are offering, not just what they think you want to hear.

The elections are approaching with breakneck speed and we want to head off all of the contenders by calling them out to answer our questions, not the beat-around-the-bush, closed group set-ups like the so-called Meet-the-Candidate scripted performances, where bullshit flies thicker and higher than on a dairy farm. Hold on, that would be cow shit, wouldn’t it? Dairy farm? Well, you get the gist of what we think of the meet the candidate freak shows. Same applies to the political whoredom we call the media and their edited interviews.

Well, we’re going to challenge all of that this year and invite all of the candidates running in the local elections (Coeymans, New Baltimore, and the surrounding communities) to be interviewed and to answer our questions on our terms.

But we’re not the whole community and each and every one of our readers has the right and the duty to ask questions and get answers about the people asking for our votes and wanting to take over governance of our communities, homes, our lives.

Our first invitation to be interviewed has gone out to Mr Phillip Crandall, incumbent Town Supervisor, Town of Coeymans. We have contacted Mr Crandall and have provided him with our preliminary questions; we’re waiting to hear from him with a date.

We’ve also invited the publisher of the Ravena News Herald, Mr Mark Vinciguerra, to join our non-partisan, independent interviewer in a joint interview of Mr Crandall. We invited Mr Vinciguerra because we feel that the presence of the local print media will provide for a more rounded, balanced interview.

Here are our preliminary questions that we will be asking Mr Crandall:

Proposed Interview Questions

  1. What are the 10 most significant accomplishments you have achieved in the past two years as Town of Coeymans Supervisor?
  2. What are the 5 most significant benefits that Coeymans residents have received during your term in office but don’t know about?
  3. What is your vision for the next two years if you are re-elected to be Town of Coeymans Supervisor?
  4. What are your plans for turning Coeymans into a small business Mecca?
  5. What are some of the incentives you will offer small businesses to encourage them to come to Coeymans and revitalize the Hamlet?
  6. How will you work with the Village of Ravena to beautify Main Street, and make it welcoming to small businesses like arts and crafts, specialty shops, etc.
  7. Do you have any plans for tourism and hospitality venues in Coeymans?
  8. Why would George McHugh be bad news for Coeymans?
  9. What do you offer Coeymans that McHugh can’t?
  10. Without speculating, what is your opinion about the McHugh, Laraway, Vinciguerra connection?
  11. Given the questions regarding the role of the Coeymans Police Department in the death of 19-year old Riley Kern: What does the Town of Coeymans plan to do to show good faith in the Riley Kern wrongful death case?
  12. Based on the meeting you and Mr. Contento had with Mrs Kern, Riley Kern’s mother, in July 2019: What does the Town of Coeymans plan to do to support Emily Kern’s efforts to get recognition for her son, and to make amends for the circumstances of his death?

It’s your community, too, and we want you to have a say in all of this. That’s why we’re asking our readers to send us their questions for consideration. If your questions are selected, we’ll include them in the interview of Mr Crandall.

As we go forward with the interviews, we’ll post names and questions for the candidates we choose to interview, and ask for your inputs.

Of course, we’ll keep you updated and informed on how the candidates respond, and we’ll share their answers with our readers.

Please send your questions to You can also leave a public comment on this blog with your questions.

Thank you and enjoy a fun, safe,and happy Labor Day weekend!

We aim to get it. NOW!

The Editor



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Posted by on August 25, 2019 in Uncategorized


Old Cut-and-Paste Joan R. is Losing it!

Local Village-Idiot Alert

Old Cut-and-Paste Joan R. of New Baltimore is at it again.
And she’s been had…AGAIN!

YES! You are, Joanie!

She’s already on a watch-list for her abuse of the Postal Service. She misused the Postal Service to send out defamatory and fake facts about a local resident to various vendors, apparently hoping to ruin his business. Her attempts failed because no one took her rubbish seriously. Besides, the vendors knew the resident well and trusted him. Why would they believe a lunatic with no name.

Well, she may have thought she had done her dirty work anonymously but she overlooked a couple of things, the most incriminating were the fingerprints on the contents and the envelopes. There were other identifiers, but we don’t want to give it all away it might spoil the fun. Thinks she’s pretty slick but she’s actually pretty stupid.

Is Old Joanie Losing It?

Most recently, she tried to slander a local resident when she handed the manager of a local YMCA a copy of one of our Smalbany blog articles, and saying that the resident, a member of the Y, had written it, apparently hoping to damage his reputation at the facility. All she managed to do was cause to facility manager a lot of grief and personal suffering. But at least the manager knows now what JR is all about. Enjoy your yoga classes, JOANIE! You too, ROBBIE! (They obviously don’t teach any yogic philosophy or ethics, just how to stretch dried up, wrinkled skin!) Again, her attempt failed and she was identified and now has some explaining to do.

The pair are known in the New Baltimore community as Cut-and-Paste Joan, because of her modus operandi of cutting and pasting her libels and slanders, and he’s the Cryptkeeper, you’d know why if you ever saw him. Seems evne Death doesn’t want them, so they just go on. Their reputations are already shit and the whole community thinks they’re the local village idiots, so she hasn’t lost much. Oh, they’re only “friend” is the former village idiot, Jane A., she’s now in the 2nd runner up position thanks to Joanie and Robbie taking the top and the second positions. Jane A. doesn’t have an icecube’s chance in hell to regain her former idiot status now that Joanie and Robbie have it.

Cryptkeeper Robbie.

But if the investigation results are used in prosecution, she may lose more than she bargained for.


18 U.S.C. § 1346 provides: For the purposes of this chapter, the term “scheme or artifice to defraud” includes a scheme or artifice to deprive another of the intangible right of honest services. Lower courts have progressively expanded this ruling, finding that the law “puts its imprimatur on the accepted moral standards and condemns conduct which fails to match the ‘reflection of moral uprightness, of fundamental honesty, fair play and right dealing in the general and business life of members of society‘”. That’s the criminal aspect.
The civil aspects include interference with contract, defamation (libel), and a laundry list of other offences.

Not only is Ms Cut-and-Paste liable to be subject to substantial civil penalties for her stupidity, Ms R. may very possibly looking at a considerable jail term — she’s pretty on in years, which proves that age is no barrier to stupidity, and she may die in jail. But then, maybe that’s karma..

An now for the positive news: You’ve probably seen a number of vehicles on streets and roadways in Northern Greene County/Southern Albany County with these bizarre bumper stickers showing “NB“. No, the “NB” doesn’t stand for New Brunswick or Newport Beach; there’s nothing that sophisticated about them. They actually stand for “NO BRAIN” and many Newbaltimorons are doing the public a service by placing those NB stickers on their vehicles, giving everyone fair notice that the operator is “NO BRAIN” from “NEW BALTIMORE.” The stickers are required by local looney law for all Town of New Baltimore employees but especially for those local residents who have earned the distinction of NB, NO BRAIN.  And watch for those bumper stickers. The lunatics are out there but at least now they’re labeled.

New Baltimore Looney-Tunes are labeling themselves.
It’s for their own protection.

Several months ago we published a letter from one of our community members, and and our own comments on the Greene County YMCA, in Coxsackie (read the article at YMCA or YMCA? There’s a BIG difference!).

We have received an update from the community member about steps taken by the Y to improve the situation there, and, at the resident’s request, we are publishing what s/he has to say:

I was recently presented with your blog article in which you quote my letter-to-the-editor regarding the Greene County YMCA and the noise nuisance there. I am since following your blog.

In all fairness and honesty, my letter addressed to you several months ago was accurate and factual. It would therefore be remiss of me if I were not to follow up with an update on the Y’s response to my complaint.
I am very, very pleased to be able to advise you that the Greene County YMCA, particularly its Operations Manager, Ms Jaqueline Whitbeck, and her executive director, Mr Carl Oropallo, have taken considerable steps to respond to my and other members’ concerns relating to the noise nuisance caused by a small minority of an otherwise great community.
Ms Whitbeck went to great lengths to have the offending equipment moved, and to considerable expense to purchase special pads to dampen most of the noise caused by the heavy lifters and their weights.
I am very happy to be able to report on these positive developments, which go largely to the credit of Ms Whitbeck, and to the support she received from her executive director, Mr Oropallo.
Thank you for publishing my first letter and thank you in advance for publishing this update.
Please do not publish my name.
P.s. I read your recent post on that evil creature who tried to defame another member using your blog article. I can say that I think you are right on target with your article. My question is why Ms. JR would continue her stupidity? What was her intent and whom did she want to hurt by bringing the blog article to Ms Whitbeck’s attention. All she accomplished was to cause Ms Whitbeck a great deal of pain, and to demonstrate what a scoundrel Ms JR is. Thank you for exposing her.
P.p.s. Do you think Joan will be delivering this one to the Y, too? Not very likely; she won’t be able to milk any dirt from it.
We are very pleased that we were able in our small way to help to reconcile the problems at the Greene County Y. Of course, we will visit the Greene County Y to verify that management is being proactive in ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of their members.
We are also very pleased to know that the community is recognizing the scoundrels among us, and that they are properly being identified and marked with their nastiness. While we do realize that our reader is being cautious in not mentioning the name of the scoundrel, we are grateful for the confirmation.
The Editor.