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.
A PLEA FROM THE EDITOR
Please do not vote until you have a chance to read the Crandall Interview!
Please do not use absentee ballots unless absolutely necessary. Never hand over an absentee ballot to someone you don’t personally know well and trust. Never hand over your absentee ballot to a person working for a campaign or for the candidate. Absentee ballots are very easy to tamper with. That’s why they’re always the subject of recounts, throw-outs, and lawsuits. The Albany Times Union recently published an article voicing concern about absentee ballots in Coeymans!
Can campaigners grab too many absentee ballots?
Your community, your clean air, your clean water, your clean soil, your kids’ lungs are at stake here.
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,  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.
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.
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.
If McHugh won’t answer the public’s questions now, what can you expect from him if he ever gets back into office.
 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.
 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!