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Shut Up and Listen Up!

Property Owners in Coeymans are being Railroaded!

There is a big problem happening in the Town of Coeymans, and if you don’t do something about it NOW, you stand to lose a hell of a lot, and you won’t be able to do a thing about it.

Real estate in the Town of Coeymans has been revalued but not the way it was planned to happen before the McHugh mob took over the Town of Coeymans and started reinventing Town government.

The revaluation was overdue but the way it has been done in Coeymans is downright criminal. There’s no rhyme or reason to it and the People have a lot of questions that need to be answered in a Town Hall Meeting with Coeymans Sole Assessor, Dawn DeRose. Just Dawn DeRose and any of the experts she consulted to help revalue Coeymans properties. We don’t mean the Town Board or Supervisor McHugh; they don’t have anything to say in the way the revaluation was done. But YOU DO!

There’s no excuse for some properties in the Town of Coeymans being assessed LOWER than they were 12 years ago, but that’s what’s happened in a number of cases. And those properties have been improved since the last valuation. There’s also no reason for some properties to be reassessed 300%!!! And then there are properties that have gone up but by pennies! Someone is responsible and someone has to answer these questions.

It seems very bizarre that all of this is happening during lockdown and quarantine. It seems also very bizarre that Town of Coeymans Sole Assessor Dawn DeRose is so difficult to contact! Has she gone into hiding? Self-quarantined? In jail (maybe she should be)?

Furthermore, the Town of Coeymans website is constantly changing, particularly the Assessor’s page, and it’s incredibly confusing to try to follow the developments there. Have you tried?

There have been no Town Board Meetings — at least no public meetings but you can bet there’ve been plenty of backroom meetings — at which residents and property owners can ask their questions. It’s been more than 3 months since there’s been a meeting, and Town offices have been all but locked.

You need to do something and do it NOW!

Call the Clerk’s Office, give Town Clerk Cindy Rowzee your message or request, and leave a message for Dawn DeRose; that way the Clerk will take the message and make sure DeRose gets it. You can trust the Clerk.

Send the so-called Town Supervisor, George McHugh, an email and hope that his secretary, actually his wife, hands it to him. Then wait hopelessly for a response. If you get one don’t fall for the mealy-mouthed smooth talkin’ shyster.

Every time McHugh opens his mouth ….

Send an email to each of the Coeymans Town Board members and demand a public meeting before the Grievances and before the tax rolls are finalized!

Contact the news channels in Albany County and the Times Union and let them know what’s going on in Coeymans.

There are petitions circulating in town, make certain to find them and sign them to ensure they don’t steal your voice and silence you.

Talk to your neighbors and make them aware of the underhanded way things are being done with this revaluation on George McHugh’s watch.

Find out what businesses like Carver Laraway, the Port of Coeymans, Trickeys, Collins Fuel and their Excavation businesses (Why are they operating from what appears to be agricultural property?), the Port of Coeymans are assessed for and whether they’re getting any special consideration like “Payment In Lieu of Taxes” (a.k.a. PILOT).

PROPERTY OWNERS ARE LIKELY TO BE DRIVEN TO THE POOR HOUSE!

RENTERS WILL LIKELY HAVE TO FACE RENT HIKES!

DSS RECIPIENTS WILL FACE RENT HIKES AND MAY HAVE TO START PAYING THE RENT INCREASES OUT-OF-POCKET!

FORGET ABOUT ATTRACTING NEW BUSINESSES, ESPECIALLY SMALL BUSINESSES!

FORGET ABOUT ATTRACTING NEW HOMEOWNERS, ESPECIALLY YOUNGER PEOPLE!

FORGET ABOUT FILLING ALL THOSE VACANT COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES AND EXPECT MORE VACANCIES!

FORGET ABOUT FINDING BUYERS FOR YOUR PROPERTY NOW THAT IT’S BEEN “REVALUED”!

FIND THE PETITIONS AND SIGN THEM!!!

In the meantime, contact the scoundrels in Coeymans Town Hall:

Sole Assessor
Dawn DeRose
Phone (518)756-8927
E-mail – assessor@coeymans.org

George D. McHugh – gmchugh@coeymans.org

Secretary to the Supervisor (Isn’t this McHugh’s wife?!?)
Candace McHugh – cmchugh@coeymans.org

Daniel D. Baker – Council – dbaker@coeymans.org
Current Term expires December 31, 2021

Kenneth A. Burns – Council – kburns@coeymans.org
Current Term expires December 31, 2021

Zachary S. Collins – Council – zcollins@coeymans.org
Current Term expires December 31, 2023

Brandon L. LeFevre – Council – blefevre@coeymans.org
Current Term expires December 31, 2023

Don’t let them have the last laugh!

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Lady Liberty Weeping AGAIN: Coeymans Reval & Property Tax Grievances

The current CoVID-19 “pandemic” has wrecked havoc in many areas of our formerly “normal” — if we can characterize anything in Coeymans as “normal” — lives and lifestyles. Schools have closed. Graduations have been cancelled. Businesses have closed, some permanently. Food and other products in short supply or not available at all. Government offices closed and services limited. Student loans suspended and income tax filing postponed. Unemployment benefits extended and expanded — some filers getting $600 per week in addition to what they would normally be entitled to. And the federal government is handing out so-called stimulus checks of $600-$1200 depending on the filer’s income.

But the present Coeymans administration under George McHugh and his puppets have closed local government to the public and has silenced the public; Coeymans residents have lost their voice in Town Hall. CoVID-19 mandated precautions have been with us for more than 100 days. The Town of Coeymans hasn’t had a public Town Boar Meeting for at least 3 months. The temporary assessments reflecting the revaluation was published on or about March 1, 2020, when the social distancing and isolation precautions were going into effect, making any public comment impossible. And you know the rest of the story.


According to New York State Real Property Law, from time to time it may become advisable to conduct a general reappraisal of all property in an assessing unit such as the Town of Coeymans. In such case the Real Property Tax Law, § 572, authorizes the governing body of a municipality, the Coeymans Town Board, to employ experts to assist assessors in the reappraisal program. However, the assessment roll which is prepared following a reappraisal still constitutes a record of the assessor’s judgment of value. The reappraisal is considered to be for the assessor’s “assistance”, and the assessor is required to make his/her independent determinations and to verify that s/he has estimated the assessed values as prescribed by law (Real Property Tax Law, § 514). So how did Coeymans Sole Assessor DeRose make her estimate of assessed values? Good question, and one that should have been asked during Public Comment during a Town Board meeting. But no board meeting, no public comment. No opportunity to ask questions. No answers. Business as usual in Coeymans.

The Town Board does not have authority to change or modify the determinations of the assessor; nor can the Town Board order the assessor to change the level of assessment which s/he has chosen for his assessment roll (see Drelich v. Kahn, 60 Misc.2d 227, 302 N.Y.S.2d 634).

So the problem of revaluation of Coeymans properties lies squarely in the lap of Ms Dawn DeRose, Town of Coeymans Sole Assessor, an appointee/hiree, and is based on the recommendations of any “experts” hired to provide the reassessment assistance. But who were those “experts?” And what were their recommendations? When were the recommendations actually made? How were they determined? Good questions, and ones that should have been asked during Public Comment during a Town Board meeting. But no board meeting, no public comment. No opportunity to ask questions. No answers. Business as usual in Coeymans.

Furthermore, § 558 provides for “reassessment”. This section was derived from section 57 of the NYS Tax Law, and it originally contained an introductory phrase “[w]henever by the judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction,” it appears to the governing body that any property liable to taxation was illegally or erroneously assessed, such body may “reassess” the property. But this provision usually applies only in the case of property that had escaped assessment in the first place.

Most assessment records are public records. Indeed, the Real Property Tax Law includes a number of provisions specifically identifying various assessment roll and tax roll records as public records (e.g., property inventory [RPTL, §§ 500(1), 501]; sales data [RPTL, § 574(5)] {2}; tentative assessment roll [RPTL, § 506(3)]; final assessment roll [RPTL, §§ 516(2), 1412]; final assessment roll with taxes extended [RPTL, § 900(3)]; tax roll [RPTL, §§ 946, 1330(3), 1332(4), 1436(3), 1588]). (Editor’s Note: RPTL = Real Property Tax Law). What this means is that anyone can demand production of these documents under the Freedom of Information Law (F.O.I.L.). But if Town Offices are closed or if access to town services is limited, have fun getting a response to your F.O.I.L. demand.

Section 306 of the Real Property Tax Law provides that all real property shall be assessed at the full value thereof. “Full value” has been construed by numerous judicial decisions to mean the amount which a willing buyer would pay a willing seller under normal circumstances. Although section 306 would appear to require assessors each year to assess each parcel of real property within their jurisdictions at the market value thereof, the courts have determined that the full value standard is satisfied so long as the assessor assesses each parcel at the same percentage of full value.

But that’s where our point lies: The law states that a full value assessment means the amount which a willing buyer would pay a willing seller under normal circumstances. Now, people, property owners int he Town of Coeymans, given the fact that the Temporary Assessment Rolls reflecting the revaluation of Coeymans properties was published on or about March 1, 2020, right in the heat of the CoVID-19 pandemic, and given the fact that there were no Town Board Meetings or public inputs or responses to the reassessment, and given the apparent fact that the Town of Coeymans and the Office of the Sole Assessor have presumed that the public is satisfied with the reassessed values but has not been heard,

revaluation_complaints@yahoo.com

Don’t you think that your rights are being swept under the carpet?

First of all, these are NOT normal circumstances. there are and have not been any “willing buyers”  who would pay a “willing seller” — meaning anyone owning property in the Town of Coeymans — the previously assessed full market value of any property in Coeymans, much less the new increased reassessment values of those properties. The whole economy is in a slump and real estate is one of the first sectors to suffer. These are not normal circumsances.

Really, you’d think the town supervisor, Mr George McHugh, his Town Board, the Sole Assessor would we aware of the dire situation this region, this state, this entire county and the world is in,and postpone the “reassessment” until businesses and people can get back on their feet! But NO! That would take a brain and common sense!

In an earlier article, we asked if this is what George McHugh and his puppets think is “business friendly?” We asked if it makes any sense to expect new businesses to relocate to Coeymans if Coeymans has just reassessed real estated and raised the market values for the purposes of raising assessments? Is this the way the McHugh mob expects to attract new families to purchase homes in Coeymans and to resettle in Coeymans with their families? WE THINK NOT!!!

The Coeymans revaluation plan has been too hastily implemented by an insensitive Sole Assessor, Dawn DeRose, and the Town Board has been mute on the subject. If you are lucky and can get through to Town offices, you’ll likely be told that you can file a grievance contesting your assessment. But here’s another hitch: Grievances will be heard by telephone and each will be limited to 10 minutes. You can file your documentation up to 1 day prior to the grievance hearing, but it’s unlikely anyone is going to look at it. Apparently, there have been so many grievances filed that the Assessment Review Board will hear grievances on May 26 and May 28/

There was no Coeymans Town Board meeting in May, and it’s unlikely there will be one in June. In other words, Coeymans Property Owners are cooked, thanks to the McHugh mob and Coeymans Sole Assessor, Dawn DeRose.

In our opinion, Sole Assessor Dawn DeRose should have kept the previous assessments this year and implemented the reassessed values next year, taking into consideration the problems caused by CoVID-19, and the fact that taxpayers have been deprived of due process and their voices because of the cancellation of Town Board Meetings in March, when property owners would have been informed of the temporary new assessments resulting from the revaluation, and no Town Board meetings in April, and May, and most likely no meeting in June.

Local concerned residents have set up a special email account to receive your complaints and stories. Let them know what you think about the revaluation and the increases in your assessments. You’ll get fair treatment only if you speak up and share!

Contact revaluation_complaints@yahoo.com. 

You’ll get trampled by the McHugh mob if you try to go at them alone. You need to join the rest of Coeymans Concerned Citizens if you’re going to fight back and safeguard your rights.

Take a stand!

 

 

 

 

Well, Coeymans! You can’t say we didn’t warn you!

Here we are in the middle of a pandemic! Meetings, group assemblies, even church gatherings are forbidden. No public meetings. You’re made anonymous and invisible because you have to hide your faces! The supermarket shelves are bare. Government and utilities are forgiving or suspending payment obligations, and providing safety nets! But George McHugh and his puppets in Town Hall are sticking it to you when you’re down, hurting, and unable to gather to protest. Lousy sneaks!

 

Looks like Coeymans Sole Assessor, Dawn DeRose, has either joined the rat pack or has been bullied into supporting their plans.

Reactions: Scott Searles, Repubican Highway Superintendent, chimes in to defend his keepers saying that Smalbany is blaming and lying. Mr Searles was instructed in what an anus is: ” The anus has eyes to see but is blind to reality; ears to hear but is deaf to truth; a nose to smell but can’t find the rats under his own nose; a tongue to taste but has none; and fingers to feel but has no sense and so has no feeling.” We’re guessing Mr Searles doesn’t know what an anus is.

Trevor Walsick doesn’t address the assessment problem but rants that “the residents of the town Coeymans realized by aligning with someone sick as yourself that Crandall and Dolan were a lost cause! Record turnout sealed the deal… The residents have spoken and you again solidified the win!!” Record turnout? The only “turnout” was residents’ stomach contents when they found out what the few voters who went out did to the Town of Coeymans. Mr Walsick is true to the second half of his name: SICK! But that’s fine because Trevor Walsick is a fake and a coward. His Facebook page features a car photo as the profile picture and he doesn’t have the balls to provide profile information. What that means is that Trevor Walsick is probably a nobody being impersonated by one of the Fiends of Coeymans, McHugh’s neonazis. Even if Trevor Walsick actually existed, he doesn’t own any property in the Town of Coeymans, so he wouldn’t have much to say, would he? That’s if he were real.

Neither Searles nor the fake Walsick seem to recall their darling McHugh during his single term as supervisor in 2001, left Coeymans with a 16% tax increase. Most of the fools who voted for him probably weren’t even in the area at the time; those who were probably drink Ravena water, which would explain the brain liquefaction. 


But George McHugh, his puppet Coeymans Town Board, Zachary Collins, Brendon Lefevre, Daniel Baker, and Kenneth Burns,  and their town employees under their control are taking scandalous advantage of Town residents!

McHugh

Property owners are being slammed with incredible increases in their property taxes! Have you gotten your property tax bill yet? Some assessments have tripled. All of this during a pandemic when you can’t even go to a town board meeting to complain. All of this being done behind closed doors by your Friends of Coeymans!

You need to protest in numbers! You need to hit the streets! You need to organize! You need to put signs on your over-assessed properties pointing the finger at McHugh and his Town Board puppets!

Phil Crandall and Tom Dolan WARNED you about these bastards! Now you’re seeing it happen. Get ready for mass rape!

Flood Town Hall with Grievances! Send letters to your tenants telling them that because of the massive increases in property taxes, you’re going to have to massively raise their rents! Those tenants who are leasing, give them notice that their leases are going to be massively increased because of the Town of Coeymans sneaky, villainous behind closed doors robbery during a pandemic!

NOW THEY WANT A NEW TOWN HALL!!! WHY??? WHO’S GOING TO PAY FOR IT??? WHO’S GOING TO GET THE CONTRACTS??? Anyone who benefits from the McHugh mob’s corruption should be shunned by the community. No one needs their money enough to have to sell his or her soul!!!

We warned you well in advance of the elections! You saw the Friends of Coeymans thugs in action at Town Board meetings! You knew all about McHugh’s lies and his puppets, Collins and Lefevre’, we warned you about Daniel Baker, sockpuppet and turncoat polecat!.

Maybe you should be asking if Carver Laraway’s properties have been massively reassessed. Or Lafarge’s. Or Aaron Flach’s? Perrine’s. Misuraca’s. How about Zachary Collin’s family’s business properties? Ask Questions. Get answers!

If you are outraged at the dishonesty and sneakiness in Coeymans Town Hall, we want to hear from you at rcs.confidential@gmail.com. We’re prepared to organize and coordinate protest actions against McHugh and his pack of thugs and liars. Contact us about your property, how much your assessment has increased, and what you think of this scandalous breach of trust!

Yeah! They’re business friendly all right! That’s how they attract new residents and businesses: raise property taxes 300%. That’s the McHugh plan! Then when people cant pay their taxes, McHugh, Carver Laraway, Michael Biscone, the Collins fuel and excavation business, and all their coneys will be there to get your property real cheap, after the tax sale!

You all need to get Phil Crandall and Tom Dolan on your team and advising your committees! They knew what was going on and what was going to happen! They tried to tell you but you listened to the thugs and liars instead. Nice going, dumbasses!

Contact us at rcs.confidential@gmail.com and tell us your story. Then storm the News Herald and force them to print the truth for once!

And start writing to your fascist Coeymans Town Board and let them know what you think! And don’t forget your Coeymans Sole Assessor, Dawn DeRose. Ask her what she thinks she’s doing? Ask her why she’s jumped ship to join the McHugh mob? Ask her if she’s been bullied by McHugh and his mob or if she’s just one of them?

Now’s the time to get on Facebook and start getting the ball rolling for mass protests and flooding Town Offices with complaints!

  • You need to get the word out about what McHugh and his mob are doing in Coeymans!
  • You need to file your complaints and grievances with the Town; let them know how unhappy you are with them.
  • Let your tenants know their rents are going to way up, thanks to McHugh and his thugs raising your property taxes!
  • Ask McHugh and his mob if that’s what they call business friendly. You know, their slogan to get themselves re-elected. How does raising property taxes help small businesses and encourage people to settle in Coeymans? Wasn’t that what McHugh, Collins, Lefevre, and Baker promised to get elected.
  • Ask yourself who McHugh’s tax hike is most likely to hurt? You or Lafarge? You or Carver Laraway? You or Collins Fuel (Zachry Collin’s company)?
  • Ask yourself how McHugh’s backstabbing is going to encourage families to buy [overtaxed] property and settle in Coeymans. Wasn’t that one of their campaign promises?
  • Ask yourself how many Coeymans businesses McHugh’s, Collins’, Lefevre’s, Baker’s and Burns’ lies are going to benefit.

 

Here is their contact information:

George D. McHugh – gmchugh@coeymans.org
Current Term Expires December 31, 2021

YOU’RE SCUMBAG LIARS!!!

Secretary to the Supervisor (Isn’t this McHugh’s wife?!?)
Candace McHugh – cmchugh@coeymans.org

Daniel D. Baker – Council – dbaker@coeymans.org
Current Term expires December 31, 2021

Kenneth A. Burns – Council – kburns@coeymans.org
Current Term expires December 31, 2021

Zachary S. Collins – Council – zcollins@coeymans.org
Current Term expires December 31, 2023

Brandon L. LeFevre – Council – blefevre@coeymans.org
Current Term expires December 31, 2023

YOU BETRAYED US!!!

Sole Assessor
Dawn DeRose
Phone (518)756-8927
E-mail – assessor@coeymans.org

UPDATE FOR THE 2020 REASSESSMENT PROJECT

…AND YOU’RE SICKENING!!!

Editor’s Note:

FOR THE RECORD

As most of our readers know, we interviewed Mr Crandall and Mr Dolan several weeks before the elections, and we posted the full-text transcripts of the interviews. As for the reval of Coeymans properties, Mr Crandall had this to say:

“We, looked into a “reval” And it was due; it was overdue. It should be done every 10 years so now it’s 12 years. However, the businesses in Town were at approximately 85% of true market value (TMV) and home ownership was at 95% of TMV. That should all be at 100 percent. So, in essence the homeowners were partially subsidizing the businesses in the Town. So, with the reval coming through that will all be taken care of, there will be a fair tax rate for everyone. Some will go up a little bit, most will go down a little bit. But businesses will definitely have to come up with their fair share, where they should be.” [My underlining for emphasis]

For those of our readers who do not know what “reval” means, it’s short for revaluation. Revaluation rates are market rates from a specific point in time that are used as a base value to assess whether rates are too high or too low for certain categories of property, activities, etc. Revaluation rates are often referred to as “reval rates.”

Mr Crandall was up front in saying that the reval of town properties was overdue, and that businesses were going to carry their fair share. He also was honest when he said that some properties will increase “a little bit.” He emphasized fairness.

Mr Crandall also emphasized that larger businesses sucking the community dry and repeatedly asking for tax breaks and consideration under the PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) program were no longer going to get a free ride. Again, Mr Crandall emphasized fairness to property owners and small businesses.

This is all water under the bridge now but the complete interview transcripts are still available for anyone who wants to read them and learn what Mr Crandall and his Town Board planned to do. That was black letter commitment, and Mr Crandall knew that once he said something and it went on record, there was no turning back.

No one can say the same for Mr McHugh and his mob. McHugh refused to be interviewed and refused to debate. That should say it all. Now Coeymans residents and taxpayers have to deal with the reality of what’s happening in the town!

Our question would be to Mr McHugh: “How do you expect to attract more small businesses and new families to Coeymans when you have increased Full Market Values and Taxable Property Values?”

We will be watching the grievances and the final tax rolls very closely and we’ll compare 2018 and 2019 property values and assessments with the 2020 finalized tax rolls, and report on what we find.

The Editor

 

 
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