Crandall Interview, Segment 1, Published on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

21 Oct

The first installment of the Crandall Interview was published
on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.

But first, a word about the purpose and the information obtained in the interview.

The Crandall Interview actually took place at Coeymans Town Hall, after hours, at 5:30 p.m. on October 16, 2019. Mr. Crandall immediately accepted the invitation to interview back in September, and waited for Smalbany to propose the dates. It should be noted that Mr. George McHugh received the same invitation three times between mid-September and mid-October; McHugh never responded. It should also be noted that Mr. McHugh declined three opportunities to participate in a debate with Mr. Crandall.

Read the Excerpts from Segments 1, 2, and 3 of the Crandall Interview:
Crandall Interview: Segment 1
Crandall Interview: Segment 2
Crandall Interview: Segment 3

Please do not vote until you have a chance to read the Crandall Interview!
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Both Mr. Crandall and Mr. McHugh were provided in advance with a list of possible questions that the interviewer would be asking but were advised in advance that the interviewer was not restricted to those questions, and may either ignore some or add others, depending on how the interview progressed.

In the final interview, Mr. Crandall was provided with an expanded final list of 25 questions. Mr. Crandall declined to answer only two (2) of those questions because they concerned the death of Riley Kern, [1] an investigation involving the operations of the Coeymans Police Department, which may result in a law suit. Mr. Crandall had to defer to the town attorney’s advice to avoid answering any questions relating to that accident and the young man’s death. We were not pleased with that decision, but we must admit that it was reasonable, almost expected. But we did try.

Both sides, Smalbany and Mr. Crandall, were allowed to have one observer present. Mr. Crandall had previously requested that we accept Mr. Tom Dolan as the Town’s observer, and we agreed. Smalbany’s interviewer was a non-partisan, uninterested, professional who does not reside in Coeymans. It was important that the interviewer not have any special interest in the political campaigns nor any interest in the outcomes. Smalbany’s observer was a member selected from the Coeymans-Ravena community, who is not only a property owner, but a long-time resident of the region with personal knowledge of its political history.

It must be said from the outset that Mr. Crandall was incredibly open and candid in his answers, and did not hesitate to respond, even when the interviewer got a bit “prickly” and poked into some controversial areas. It must also be said that the interviewer is a no-nonsense professional, and would likely have not tolerated any double-talk or smoke-and-mirrors.

25 Questions, 2 Hours, almost 13,000 words, 50 pages of transcript.

The interview lasted more than 2 hours. The interview was digitally recorded in three (3) segments. The three segments were then transcribed. The interview transcription consists of 50 double-spaced pages, a total of almost 13,000 words. Both the digital transcription and the unredacted transcriptions were provided to both Mr. Crandall and Mr. Dolan for review and for correction of any transcription errors, such as dates or names, etc.

Interview Questions for Supervisor Crandall: Crandall Interview Questions

The Smalbany blog publication of the content of the Crandall Interview will be published in a condensed form, discussing the main points of the interview. That being said, the full transcripts of the complete interview, together with any corrections sheets, will also be published and available for our readers to read in their entirety, if a reader should wish to do so.

The Crandall Interview was done for the information of the voting public and the People of the Town of Coeymans and beyond. There is nothing whatsoever that would be hidden from the public. At the end of the interview, Mr. Crandall was made aware of the fact that the interview would be published unedited. He did not object.

The overall impression of the Crandall Interview.

Mr Crandall was gracious enough to open himself up to what might have been the worst experience of his political career. He had the courage to step up and represent what he and his Board have done and what they plan to do. Smalbany didn’t cut him any slack; just the facts and back them up. Mr Crandall cooperated completely. Bravo for Mr Crandall!

At this writing, we are waiting for corrections of several names in the first segment of the Interview. If those corrections are not received by close of business on Monday, October 21, 2019, we intend to publish the uncorrected Segment 1, reserving the right to correct the names once we receive the correction sheets from Mr. Crandall or Mr. Dolan.

We hope that the Coeymans community appreciate our time and effort put into this interview, its transcription, and its publication. Every effort has been made to assure quality, completeness, and honesty in the facts elicited during the interview.

We invite our readers’ comments and any additional facts from the community. Please leave a comment.

As for Mr. George McHugh, we find it offensive and unethical that he should avoid answering questions about his background and his claims as a candidate for public office. We are shocked that Mr. McHugh avoided public debate with Mr. Crandall and his running mates.

People: Make your own decisions. Why won’t he answer your questions?

If McHugh won’t answer the public’s questions now, what can you expect from him if he ever gets back into office.[2]

Read the Excerpts from Segments 1, 2, and 3 of the Crandall Interview:
Crandall Interview: Segment 1
Crandall Interview: Segment 2
Crandall Interview: Segment 3


[1] 19-year old Riley was killed in a pick-up truck-motorcycle accident last year just outside the Sycamore Country Club. Chris Hagen’s brother, Travis Hagen, was the killer in the pick-up truck. Chris Hagen is one of the Friends of Coeymans bully group, along with Jeff LeQuire and Nate Boomer, the Coeymanazi Clowns. Coeymans Police did not comply with the law in their investigation. There are a number of critical questions associated with the tragedy.

[2] We will publish the results of our research on Mr. McHugh and his misinformation and outright lies in separate articles. Prepare to be very shocked that such a scoundrel would even set foot in public!


9 responses to “Crandall Interview, Segment 1, Published on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

  1. Principal Editor

    October 29, 2019 at 9:07 am

    We will not be publishing any further “Justice for Riley!” comments.
    Thank you!


  2. Amber Z

    October 28, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    I find it odd that so many public officials are refusing to comment on Riley’s accident. They obviously know something – they are just covering up the facts so the cowards who run the town can get away with whatever they want. They are all cowards!! JUSTICE FOR RILEY!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Principal Editor

      October 28, 2019 at 7:47 pm

      Amber, it’s not that they’re cowards nor that they are covering something up. They are public officials and their duty is to the public, not to individuals. It’s a hard thing to accept, I know, but that’s the way it is. When a pubic official is told by the municpality’s attorney to keep his mouth shut, that’s what he has to do. He is responsible for the interests of the public and those are generally purely financial. His heart may be breaking but that’s the job.

      I condemn the attorneys and others whose hands are not tied, and who have not stepped forward to lend support or to work with Emily. People who could blow the whistle if only to ensure that such malpractice and stupidity doesn’t happen again. But everyone takes care of themselves until it hits them! I know it’s disgusting and Lord knows I’ve risked a lot by personally going after these people. I’ve had to go it alone because everyone wants to bitch around here but no one wants to move their fat asses. Sorry about the language, but that’s the way it is.

      After the elections, we can concentrate more on justice.

      Thanks and take care!


  3. Kathleen Gill

    October 28, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Thank you for again bringing attention to the Riley Kern fatal accident and the cover up by the Coeymans Police Department. This is an interesting election for me. On one hand, we have Mr. Crandall running for reelection. When Riley’s mom and I met with Mr. Crandall, we were promised minutes of the meeting; which I believe Riley’s mom still is yet to receive, these many months later. We went in with hope that after listening to all the information that Mrs. Kern had gathered, and clarification of some misinformation, that Mr. Crandall would be receptive to looking further into the situation; the situation being the negligence of the responding Officer and suspicious lack of media notification that the accident had occurred resulting in the death of 19 year old, Riley Kern. Was the driver of the truck, Travis Hagen, leaving the Sycamore Country Club on that hot July night after consuming an alcoholic beverage? Why was he not tested for alcohol consumption? Why were witnesses who were not at the scene listed in the accident report and were used to back up Mr. Hagen’s testimony as to how the accident happened; clearly placing the blame on Riley Kern. Why was there no accident recreation? Why was the accident report held longer than it should have been and why was it that not one media outlet was aware of the accident? There had been many accidents that summer and all of them were highly reported by the media. The only site that gave any attention to and continues to do so, is this blog. There are a lot of unanswered questions regarding cover up and hiding of the reports. So now, I have a choice of voting for Mr. Crandall and his team, or his opponents “The Comeback Team” who are supported by Mr. Hagen’s brother Christopher. The two brothers, Travis and Chris Hagen were recently bragging on the “Comeback Team’s FB page about being popular on this blog site. I responded back as to why they are popular on this site; at least why Travis is. It is because he was the driver of the other vehicle involved in the fatal accident and that this blogger has been fighting for justice for Riley. My posting was removed from the FB page. Do I vote for the group with the Hagen’s support or the group who ignored the pain of the Kern family and left them grieving due to the lack of justice and respect deserved for Riley. Small town politics at its best. Thank you for allowing me this platform to again remind those involved of their lack of compassion and the due diligence deserved for the Kern’s. I too will never give up on getting justice for Riley.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Principal Editor

      October 28, 2019 at 5:12 pm

      Dear Ms Gill:

      Mrs Kern speaks very highly of you, and I am very happy to see that she has such an articulate and caring person to champion her cause here, locally.

      I believe you are local, if I’m not mistaken, so you have some idea of some of the forces at work here. Corruption and partisanism is nothing new. The Hagens have some unearned pull in and around Ravena-Coeymans. We have made our own intensive inquiries, but we have no legal standing in the case, and so, like you, have to just be a thorn in the villains’ and scoundrels’ sides.

      We will resume our campaign after the elections. It’s essential at this point to keep McHugh and his goons out of Town Hall; they are impossible to deal with on a human level. Once Crandall and Dolan are securely in the saddle, we can hit and hit hard with what we all have.

      Things take time and we have to pick our battles and work our strategies.

      With the help and support of people like you, Mrs Kern may, just may get some compassionate response out of these people.

      Thank you for your comment. Keep up your good work and support for justice.
      The Editor

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Principal Editor

    October 28, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    We’re working on it.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Two two

    October 21, 2019 at 12:39 am

    I would like to mention one error to the article. There is and never has been an investigation regarding Rileys death. I was provided with a letter from Crandall stating that they are doing nothing despite knowing the SOPs where not followed by the CPD and knowing that the chief of police Contento had supplied me with false information and an accident report full of false information. Crandall just does not care!


    • Two two

      October 21, 2019 at 12:40 am

      There isn’t and never has been


  6. Two two

    October 21, 2019 at 12:34 am

    I was excited to see that the interview took place but have to admit I’m quit upset that Crandall again weasels his way out of providing answers on my sons death, answers I may never have. However I am happy to see the results of the interview as I’m sure you’ve selected important questions that the community deserves straight answers to. But gosh damn!!!! My sons life mattered to me and there isn’t one official in Coeymans or Albany who feel that due process should have been provided. Let’s just say fuck the laws!!! Theyre only there to protect a select few.

    Not giving up!



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