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Comeback Team and More Misinformation about the Clean Air Law

30 Oct

Smalbany’s Summary of why George McHugh and his Comeback Losers would be really bad news for Coeymans will be posted on Sunday, November 3, 2019.  Stay tuned!


Aren’t You Getting Just a Little Bit Tired of the Comeback Losers Team Trying to Feed you More Misinformation, Disinformation, Malinformation, and Lies?

What’s the Comeback Team’s Point? Is there a real Intent to Harm?

Why Can’t the Comeback Losers Just Tell the Truth?

Because they’re pathological liars!
It’s gotten to the point that they are so desperate, you can’t believe anything they put out there.

Clean air, clean soil, clean water.

The most recent lies are in their campaign card received in the mail on Wednesday, in which they make the following false statements:

FIRST LIE on the Card at No. 1: The Coeymans Comeback Team has no plans to repeal the so-called Clean Air Law (CAL), which incidentally, allows for industries to burn up to 25 tons of tires a day.

This is nothing less than intentional disinformation and malinformation tantamount to an outright lie, intended to deceive and, confuse and mislead voters! The complete text of the Clean Air Law can be read at Clean Air.

We’ve carefully read the text of the law and can definitely say that what the Comeback Losers say on their campaign card is a lie.

The word-for-word “Intent” of the Clean Air Law is stated in the Law as:

It is the intent of this chapter to promote and protect the public health and welfare of the residents of the Town of Coeymans by regulating burning or related processing of wastes, and prohibiting the same on a large scale. [Smalbany Editor’s emphasis. Note the explicit distinction between “burning” and “processing”, that is, not “burning.”]

We also read in the “Definitions” (§ 80-4Definitions. section of the Law, what the Law defines as waste, and at the bottom it defines “tires” as

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

 WASTEAny of the following, or combination of the following: … waste tires as defined by New York Environmental Conservation Law § 27-1901(13)… Any material that falls under this definition shall not be considered fuel. [Smalbany Editor’s emphasis]

The important phrase that you should not misread is “any material that falls under this definition shall not be considered fuel,” because that’s what LaFarge Holcim was calling the tires and Connecticut garbage: “fuel”!

The Law defines a waste facility as:

WASTE DISPOSAL FACILITY
Any facility which disposes of waste or uses waste to produce energy…[A] waste disposal facility does not include systems used exclusively for on-site space heating purposes at a residential home. [Smalbany Editor’s emphasis]

In other words, we have to read “uses waste to produce energy” as another way to say “fuel.”

Here’s the paragraph that the Comeback Losers are using to mislead their readers:

80-5 Prohibition. It is hereby prohibited for a waste disposal facility to process more than 25 tons of waste in any twenty-four-hour period. [Smalbany Editor’s emphasis. No mention of “burn” in this section. Process, as noted above, is other than “burning.”]

This section is actually called “Prohibition,” meaning that it forbids even the processing of a specific amount of waste! NOT as the Comeback Losers write, “allows” up to 25 tons. There’s a big difference! The Comeback Losers should sign up for some remedial reading comprehension lessons. But wait a minute, don’t they have a corrupt and crooked lawyer on their Comeback Team? George McHugh? Wouldn’t he be able to read the Clean Air Law and understand what it really says? Now Why? would George McHugh want to change his skin and start telling the truth?

Without reproducing the entire text, we need to emphasize the very strict monitoring requirements of the Clean Air Law:

Continuous emissions monitoring systems (“CEMS”) equipment shall be used to monitor, measure and disclose the smokestack emission of the following pollutants [Smalbany Editor’s emphasis. An extensive list of pollutants follows.]

A waste disposal facility shall disclose all data provided by CEMS required under this section in real time on a public website. Data shall also be provided in summary form…[D]ata shall be maintained until six months after the waste disposal facility closes or changes its activities such that it no longer qualifies as a waste disposal facility

A waste disposal facility with any air emissions point source shall not process more than one ton of waste in any twenty-four-hour period without complying with the clean air standards in this section.

Waste disposal facilities must meet the following pollution limits where they are more stringent than corresponding limits in an air permit issued by a state or federal environmental agency:

In other words, any emissions must be monitored, measured, and disclosed continuously. The emissions must be disclosed to the public in real time and in summary form on a public access website. No waste can be processed without complying with the CAL standards. The more stringent pollution limits must be met even if state or federal regulations allow for other limits.

The Comeback Losers do say that they don’t want to repeal the CAL but what they don’t say is that they don’t want to change the CAL to suit their scheming. The will attempt to change the CAL so that it is more favorable to the interests of LaFarge Holcim and others.

Finally, we contacted the Town of Coeymans, and received the following statement from a Town Board member:

The Clean Air Law is first and foremost emissions-based. It sets, perhaps, the strictest emissions standards in the US. You can burn tires if you meet the strict emissions standards; but in no instance can you burn more than 25 tons/day.

LaFarge, for example, said they would need to burn 100-150 tons/day in order to make it economically feasible. They still, by their own admission, would not be able to meet the emission standards.

LaFarge, or any other industry, would still need DEC approval to burn any tires in Coeymans for any standards that the town law is silent on.

If they are suggesting that we should ban burning all tires regardless of the compliance to the emissions standards, the Town of Coeymans will be happy to work on that with them.

That statement should put the matter to rest.

SECOND LIE on the Card at No. 2: The Clean Air law was passed despite previous state tests showing our air was clean, with information about the clean air kept from the pubic.

That statement is not true. First, the air quality for the region is public information, and anyone can access it. Second, we have been informed that local environmental organizations had the information and made it available to the public on a variety of sites. The information was available if anyone made the least effort to find it.

But the actual question we should be asking is this: Regardless of whether the air quality was good or even outstanding, LaFarge Holcim and McHugh wanted to being in tires and garbage to be burnt as “fuel” at the Ravena-Coeymans plant, just across from the middle school and high school. The purpose of the Clean Air Law was to keep the air in Coeymans clean. The very wording of the “Intent” of the CAL reads: “to promote and protect the public health and welfare of the residents of the Town of Coeymans.” The CAL prohibits the burning of tires and garbage as “fuel,” aims to keep the air clean, makes no claim whatsoever that the air in Coeymans is contaminated, substandard, or poor, and imposes strict emissions standards for monitoring, measuring and reporting to the public.

The Truth Is: Why would anyone want to keep information about good air quality from the public, anyway. It doesn’t make sense! What does make sense is that Supervisor Crandall and his Board wanted to ensure that the air breathed by Coeymans residents stayed clean, despite LaFarge Holcim and George McHugh.

THIRD INTENTIONAL DISINFORMATION / MALINFORMATION or LIE, on the Card at No. 4: Not one dime of the Coeymans Comeback Team’s campaign has bee funded by Lafarge Holcim and/or Carver Companies.

OK. Let’s assume for just one moment that the Coeymans Losers are being truthful, just for a change. Let them disclose where all the money is coming from for all of this incredible spending going into a local election campaign! Just make some financial disclosure, like we ask any other candidates for public office to do. We’d like to see your campaign contributors, the amounts they contributed, how the money was spent, on what, by whom, and where. It’s that simple. The Comeback Losers are spending huge amounts of money on this local campaign. WHERE’S THE MONEY COMING FROM AND WHERE’S IT GOING?

If the Comeback Team Losers are so business oriented and business-friendly, they won’t be spending those campaign dollars for nothing. No businessman spends money without expecting to make more by his investment. Do George McHugh, Zach Collins, and Brendan Lefevre expect us to believe that their business plan is to lose money or operate at a loss? Is that the business plan you want for Coeymans? Or are they concealing something?

FOURTH INTENTIONAL DISINFORMATION / MALINFORMATION, on the Card at No. 4: The Crandall administration has been involved in too many ethical conflicts, including his forced resignation as judge for numerous improprieties, and removal from the Conservative line in 2017 for fraudulently witnessing petitions.

This angle is getting old really fast. First of all, Smalbany grilled Mr Crandall for two hours but didn’t ask anything about Mr Crandall’s resignation from the position of town justice. Why? It just wasn’t relevant, it was old news, it just wasn’t important.

To Mr Crandall’s credit, though, even without being asked, he brought the subject up. He speaks very openly about what went on and why he resigned. Mr Crandall brought it up in the context of George McHugh’s record of ethical violations. Smalbany’s question was: Why would George McHugh be bad for Coeymans? Mr Crandall’s response can be read in the transcript of Segment 2 of the Crandall Interview. It’s there in black and white for everyone to read (Transcript, Segment 2, page 4, lines 12-22; page 5, lines 1-24; page 6, lines 1-6).

The Truth is: Mr Crandall has served the Town of Coeymans as the voter’s choice for two (2) consecutive terms, a total of four (4) years, during which he has turned the Town’s finances around and has done miracles putting the Town in good if not excellent fiscal health.

Mr Crandall has done this while making vast improvements in Town of Coeymans infrastructure, repaving road, installing sidewalks, improving parks, and all this while making reasonable concessions to businesses, while establishing fairness in taxation and overall government.

As for a court dumping a candidate’s petition and its signatures, this is common, and occurs for the most ridiculous reasons. Anyone seriously in politics doesn’t even give such a charge a second thought. Just recently a Greene County candidate’s Independence Party petition was disallowed because of an idiotic technicality: the candidate’s opponent claimed that the petition was not properly bound. The court had to interpret NYS election law and had to throw the petition and the signatures out. The candidate is doing remarkably well, though, because Greene County Voters saw through the ruse and the treachery, and his opponent has been sliding downhill fast.

That’s a lesson George McHugh, Zach Collins, and Brendan Lefevre should have learned earlier. Tell the truth and stop being liars and weasel-dealers speaking weasel-words. Your lies, disinformation, misinformation, and malinformation have caught up with you and you’re in a bad way now. It’s your own fault, boys. Deal with it.



Read the Excerpts from Segments 1, 2, and 3 of the Crandall Interview!
The complete transcripts of the Interview can be accessed from links in the following articles:
Crandall Interview: Segment 1
Crandall Interview: Segment 2
Crandall Interview: Segment 3

Plus the Featured Resident Comment:
The Coeymans Clowns, the FoC, Are True to Their Reputation: Thugs

Specifically about George McHugh’s Misinformation Campaign and Lack of Character
George McHugh: Dishonorable Scoundrel! How Dare You!!!
George McHugh: Conspiracy, Misrepresentation, Possible Fraud?
News Herald My View: Comeback Team = Space Cadets!

George McHugh’s Cowardice: Refusal to Interview, Refusal to Debate Mr Crandall
George McHugh: Wallowing Sows and Vomiting Dogs
George McHugh: The Interview That Wasn’t – Part II

George McHugh: His campaign is up in flames.

 

 

 

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