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Crandall Interview: Segment 2

We published Segment 1 of the Crandall Interview special feature on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. As our readers could see for themselves, the Crandall team has either accomplished or is accomplishing everything McHugh’s mob promises the people in their campaign material. We have to seriously ask the questions: (1) Is McHugh that ignorant of what’s going on in Coeymans to be promising what’s already been done by the Crandall team, or (2) Is McHugh that stupid to believe that the people and voters of Coeymans are that in the dark to believe his many disgusting lies? Segment 2 goes even further to show that McHugh is a fraud, a crook, and worse, a liar.


In Segment 1 of the Crandall Interview feature (Segment 1), we asked Mr Crandall about his accomplishments, significant benefits created by his administration for the people of Coeymans, his vision for the next 2 years, his plans for small business in Coeymans, and the incentives his administration is offering to small businesses in Coeymans and coming to Coeymans. It is clear that Mr Crandall and his team, despite the adversity of powerful opponents in Coeymans, has done much for the people of Coeymans.


Editor’s Comment: We may have had harsh words but we call the shots as we see them. Mr Crandall has proved himself to be honest, caring, and very, very competent as a leader. We can’t allow ourselves to be misled by those who were for Mr Crandall when he was dancing to their tune, and now that they are finding he’s not a pushover, they [McHugh, Carver Laraway, Biers, and Lafarge] are trying to get in through the backdoor, call it anal entry, through George McHugh (we’re not calling George McHugh an a**hole even if he is one). For Crandall, as we all know, it was never about him or about money in his pocket; it’s a different story when we’re talking about McHugh, Carver Laraway, and their bunch. With them it’s all about money and what they can soak Coeymans for.

The comment by the Community Observer about McHugh, LaFarge, and Carver Laraway not wanting clean air, and the money involved set the theme for Segment 2.

Mr Crandall:- “Oh, yeah. There’s big money to be made between Carver [LaFarge and McHugh]…They’re going to make money. But how much money does a person need? How greedy do you have to be? And at what expense? At the expense of our children’s and our grandchildren’s lungs?”

McHugh, Carver, Biers didn’t get their way. Too bad!


In Segment 2 of the Crandall Interview, we asked Mr Crandall how he will work with the Village of Ravena to beautify Main Street, his plans for building up tourism and hospitality venues in Coeymans, his relationship with George McHugh, why George McHugh would be bad for Coeymans, the McHugh-Carver Laraway-Vinciguerra connection, the Billy Biers warehouse project, Carver Laraway’s whining, how many new businesses Crandall has brought to Coeymans, and turncoat Daniel Baker’s backstabbing. These are some real eye-openers so after you read these excerpts, you may want to read the complete segment for the details at: Crandall Interview-Segment 2.

Click here to read the entire Segment 2 Transcript: Crandall Interview-Segment 2.

Here are the highlight excerpts from Segment 2 of the Crandall Interview:

Smalbany:- How do you intend to work with the Village of Ravena to beautify Main Street, and make it welcoming to small businesses like arts and crafts, specialty shops, etc?

This could be Main Street, Ravena, New York, if Mr Crandall has his way.

Mr. Crandall:-    OK. The main way we can help with that is by keeping the roads paved, by keeping the potholes filled. Making sure things like the water runs right, making sure the sewers are repaired. Making sure the tax rate is kept low. Make sure that we offer these incentives for businesses. Now, one thing I want to mention is that we are working with three solar [energy] companies right now. One is a pretty large one, Hecate. And they want to build a solar farm behind the school, over by the old Stalker farm, and they’re going to be using about 380 acres…once they get their plant built, that will be on the assessment rolls, and help to lower taxes…We’re trying to get them to offer the Town people a deal that they can tap into their electric, and possibly lower their electrical bill…There are two smaller companies trying to build in the Hollow, and Hecate is also looking at our old land fill site. It’s possible that they may also be able to put part of a solar farm there, also, on top of the old landfill site that we kept, and which will help make use of that property because you really can’t use it for anything else. So, that’s another thing we’re working on.

“Out in the Hollow…I want to keep it centralized around the Highway Department, we’re talking about starting a small recycling center. Much like what Westerlo has…opening it up maybe two or three days a week…and it would provide another service for the townspeople.”

Mr. Crandall:- The devil’s in the details. The idea’s there right now.

Smalbany:- Back to Mr. McHugh’s relationship with you and the Town: In 2017-18, your relationship with George McHugh was cooperative, if not friendly. What happened to change that relationship, that attitude of cooperation?

Mr. Crandall:-    What do I think changed that? Money! Money. There’s somehow, I can’t prove it, but with all that we went through with LaFarge and stopping the garbage coming in there, and with Mr. Laraway coming up so hard against us, against the Clean Air Law, and with LaFarge and Mr. Laraway putting up so much money against us…he spent $13,000 just on the primaries…that’s a vast amount of money for a small town…to be spent on politics. So there’s money to be made here. And there’s a lot of it.

“And they’re really opposed to the Clean Air Law. The main reason I think they’re running is because of the Clean Air Law.

“And I think Mr. Laraway feels that we haven’t given him enough tax breaks down there. But we have given him P.I.L.O.T.s[1] How many P.I.L.O.T.s does the man need? How many tax breaks does he need?

“Like I say: You gotta pay your fair share.”

Smalbany:- Apart from that, why would George Mchugh be bad for Coeymans? As if what you’ve said were not enough!

Mr. Crandall:-    George McHugh would be bad for Coeymans just because of, mainly because of his character. I’m no saint. I’ve had my own problems with the Court system. But with the Courts system, you’re held to such a high standard, it’s absolutely ridiculous. And I’m not an attorney, so I did make mistakes. I’ll grant you that. But he’s an attorney! And he [McHugh] was under two ethics investigations involving money. Mine never involved money; his involved money. He was under an ethics investigation for having his [personal] property surveyed along with Town property, and the Town paying for it. And his own Town Board, which was controlled by Republicans, had him under an ethics investigation for that. And then, he was attorney for the state Wagering Board, and he went before them, he had a private client, and he represented him before the state Racing and Wagering Board, while he was their [the Racing and Wagering Board’s] attorney! He was under another ethics investigation by the state Attorney General for that. They kind of eased him out the door after that. Now, there’s two reasons: ethics.

George McHugh = Ethics Violations = Corruption.

How many times…I know I shouldn’t say this, but I’m gonna…How many times can a man be married? I mean, twice, maybe? But four times? I mean, there’s something wrong with character here. And character matters.

And another thing: He didn’t run for office again. OK, there are probably a lot of reasons…But then, he comes up and he outright lies, and uses the deaths of over 3,000 people who died instantly in a horrible, horrible thing that happened on 9/11 in New York City. He tries to use that for political gain! That tells me about a man’s character, and I feel he has no character.

I just feel he [George McHugh] lies with impunity to get whatever…to get his way, whatever he wants. And I don’t understand people like that. I just don’t. Because I’m not a liar.

Community Observer’s Comment:-   You have Lincoln’s quote on the wall.

[Editor’s Note: The Observer is referring to the quote: “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.”]

Mr. Crandall:-    Yes. I have Lincoln’s quote on the wall.

Smalbany:- Without speculating, what is your opinion about the McHugh, Laraway, Vinciguerra connection?

Mr. Crandall:-    It’s common knowledge that Vinciguerra has been George McHugh’s friend for years. They’ve worked together in business dealings for years…I just feel that they are way too cozy. And he’s [referring to Vinciguerra] supposed to be the editor [read: publisher] of an independent, unbiased newspaper [referring to the Ravena News Herald]? I don’t feel that the News Herald is unbiased at all. How can they be? Carver Laraway is buying all kinds of ads in it, George McHugh’s buying ads in it. He [Vinciguerra, publisher of the RNH] is renting the building from George McHugh.

Vinciguerra of Capital Region Independent Media LLC, and publisher of the Ravena News Herald.

“He [George McHugh] has so many business connections how can he possibly serve as Supervisor of this Town? He’ll have to recuse himself from every other meeting, if not every meeting of the Town Board.

Smalbany:- What are the reasons for withdrawal of the warehouse application by Billy Biers?

Mr. Crandall:-    “The real reason that Billy Bier’s application went down the tubes is because the [New York State] Department of Environmental Conservation [DEC] denied it for many, many reasons. Mr. Biers contacted me. He asked me if there’s any way I can help? Would I write a letter in support, so that they would reopen it and look at it again? I wrote a letter to DEC asking them to please give Mr. Biers’ project another look; we would really appreciate it if they would; we would really like this business to come into the Town.

Billy Biers’ Warehouse Project REJECTED by DEC, not by Town!
Biers’ lies publicly at Town Board meeting.

I sent that letter. For Mr. Biers to get up and say anything other than what we really did for him is an outright lie.

I’ve never called a Planning Board member in my life and asked for anything from them for anybody. I’ve never approached them. The Zoning Board, either. Or the Assessment Board. And I never will. Those are unethical things. Would Mr. McHugh violate that? I don’t know.

[Editor’s Note: We have copies of the DEC letter to Mr. Biers, Mr. Bier’s letter withdrawing the application, and Mr. Crandall’s letter of support to the DEC. We will publish those later this week.]

Smalbany:- In a recent video posted by the group calling itself Friends of Coeymans, Mr. Carver Laraway addressed the board saying that he asked for the board’s support and got none. What is he talking about?

Mr. Crandall:-    I have no idea. He might be talking about the last P.I.L.O.T. he wanted for a company… They refurbish old parts and metal pieces, mainly parts that connect sewer systems, they refurbish stuff like that. But we have a negotiator, a Mr. Larry Farbstein. He worked for the [New York State] Real Property Tax Services for 32 years. He’s a former lawyer; he doesn’t practice law any more, he just negotiates contracts for P.I.L.O.T.s, full time, from Long Island to Saint Lawrence County. Throughout the whole state. He does it for municipalities. We hired that man. He did our P.I.L.O.T. for LaFarge with the Town. He handles all of our P.I.L.O.T.s, and I told him [Laraway], “Mr. Farbstein will be calling you.” Well, Mr. Farbstein called him and asked him for certain information he needed by law in order to fairly do a P.I.L.O.T., and they wouldn’t give it to him. It was financial. They have to tell, they have to give him all the financial information, the financial records, that he needs. They refused to give it to him. And that’s where it left off.

P.I.L.O.T. Denied because of unwillingness to disclose financial information.

“I can only assume that because we didn’t just carte blanche roll over for him and sign off on Mr. Laraway’s P.I.L.O.T., that that’s what he’s talking about.

“Why didn’t he talk about the 11 new businesses that have come in in the last three-and-a-half years since I’ve been Supervisor? Would those businesses have come here if the Town Board was hostile to business? I don’t think so.

[Editor’s Note: Click New Businesses Brought to Coeymans to see the list of new businesses during Crandall’s term. 11 of those businesses are in the Port of Coeymans or the Coeymans Industrial Park. New Businesses Brought to Coeymans]

“He [Laraway] had other P.I.L.O.T.s that were negotiated by the Town. I mean, how many tax breaks does one man need? How greedy to you have to be? It’s time to pay your fair share.

“Now you look at all the business he’s gotten…for the Tappan Zee Bridge, that was Cuomo’s baby, and all the other business he’s gotten, nobody can tell me…and the small fines that he paid. Anybody see a bridge go over a river, a creek so fast? As that bridge went across. So, he’s got a hook in DEC or in the state departments somewhere, with Cuomo. But these companies like the Port of Coeymans and LaFarge, they figure it into their…to do business, how much it will cost them for a certain fine. And he’s [Carver Laraway] paid relatively small fines. I think he paid $55,000 for one fine, which was a major violation, which the Town got back, and we were able to use that money to stop…There were three three, four houses on Stone House Hill that were running raw sewerage into the [Coeymans] Creek. That was going on when George McHugh was supervisor.

“There were four houses there, ever since they were built, and he [McHugh] never did anything to stop that. Well, I’m not having that! So, we used that $55,000 – and I think we put another $15,000 to it – too hook them in to the sewer system, to stop that raw sewerage from going into the Creek. So, Mr. Laraway can thank me for that, because now he owns the property down there where the boats are, the Marina, and now they won’t be smelling human feces coming into the Creek.

“But did he mention that? No!

“Everything he said at the meeting was just a show, trying to get people to not vote for Mr. Crandall.

Smalbany:- But he was being videoed by the Friends of Coeymans…

Mr. Crandall:-    Right. They were hoping that I would go off and start yelling and…but that’s not me…I’m not doing that…But if they expect to get a rise out of me out there, they’re not getting it. Public comment is public comment. I don’t care who you are or what you say…I don’t care who you are, it’s public comment: Say it! It’s a free country.

Mr. Crandall:-    Can I go back to the Clean Air Law?

Smalbany:- Sure. I wish you would.

Mr. Crandall:-    While we were working on this Clean Air Law, Dan Baker and Kenny Burns, sat right here, and Baker worked for LaFarge for 15-20 years, and he told us that they’re fudging the numbers on their, on the numbers when they’re being checked. When the monitors are being checked by DEC. He told us that DEC calls them, and then immediately the plant stops burning coal and goes right on natural gas so they can doctor the numbers, so the emissions numbers come down. What the hell kind of emissions control is that? And this is when Mr. Baker also, when someone sent him a picture when there was a blow-off up there, and all this black smoke came out, right across from the school. It was awful. I remember seeing the picture. He sent that to us on his cellphone. This was when he was for the Clean Air Law. He spoke for it, he was [for it], everything was going fine. And then, all of a sudden, Mr. McHugh, decides, announces he’s running for office in March, and that’s when Dan Baker changed.

Mr. Crandall:-    But Mr. Baker, all of a sudden…we would sit here and talk about our kids and grandkids, and how we don’t want them breathing this stuff…And he was all set to vote for the Clean Air Act [read: Law]. I know he was. He told us he was. And then some time in January-February, that must be when he got word that McHugh was running, he started marching, my speculation is McHugh was calling the shots then, and he was marching to the McHugh beat.

And another thing: Kenny Burns, he told us he interviewed over 300 people not one person was against the Clean Air Law, yet when it came to the vote, he voted against it.

Smalbany:- Now this one is what I read to you before. Do you recall? Mr. McHugh’s accomplishments with the Village Sewer and Water project just before he left office (2001). Between leaving office (2001) and 2003, he all of a sudden has a project over on the Blaisdell farm, and now he’s got water and sewerage there. [Referring to Mr. Dolan] You were actually mentioned in one of those …

Mr. Dolan:  I was at some point..the town and village got together and started a sewer and a water commission, two separate entities…I recall that there was talk of annexation, and there was a lawsuit after that, and I know the Coeymans Fire Department was upset about it, because they would lose that portion of territory.

Smalbany:- So this was – I’m not asking you to speculate – what was going on behind the scenes but at this time was the annexation being discussed?

Community Observer’s Comment:-   It was being discussed. Because he used my famous letter to Sol Greenberg to get on the good side of the Mayor (former Ravena Mayor, John Bruno), to get the mayor to say OK, so what do you have property in, to get the water. He always used people. [inaudible comments]

[Editor’s Notes: The annexation was in the works during McHugh’s single term as Coeymans Town Supervisor. The annexation was finalized some time in 2003, and McHugh’s properties were hooked into Village water and sewerage. McHugh then proceeded with development of single family homes and their sale, apparently through one of his wives, who was handling the real estate sales at the time.

Remember this honey of a land deal. McHugh took good care of himself.

***** END OF SEGMENT TWO *****

Segment 3 of the Crandall Interview will appear on Thursday, October 24, 2019. Stay tuned!


[1] Manufacturing, industrial, and not-for-profit companies may receive property tax incentives through agreements with government agencies. Through these agreements, properties are exempt from property taxes and instead make a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (P.I.L.O.T.).

 

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Crandall Interview: Segment 1

Mr McHugh and his running mates tend to make very broad and vague promises but don’t provide details. That’s a big problem for McHugh and his boys, because most of what McHugh is promising to do has already been done by the Crandall team or is in the works! Furthermore, as we will publish next week, Carver Laraway and Billy Biers’ staged appearances at Coeymans Town Board meetings are a pack of lies. We have the documents to prove that. But first, let’s get the Crandall Interview segments published, then you’ll understand much better what liars and cowards George McHugh and his puppets are.


Segment 1 of the Crandall Interview covers Questions 1 to 5of the Crandall Interview Questions. We felt that Coeymans residents and taxpayers have not been properly kept informed of all that Mr Crandall and his Town Board have accomplished. That’s because the Ravena News Herald and its owners are more interested in telling their readers what George McHugh, Carver Laraway, and their puppets, Zach Collins and Brandon Lefevre  want Coeymans residents and taxpayers to know. (Please note: We’re not picking on those two tender young pups, Collins and Lefevre, but they have to realize and come to terms with the fact that they’re just window dressing to get votes for McHugh, and he’s out to control them and make them dance to his tune. They already are, poor saps!)


An Editor’s Confession: Anyone who reads this blog know that we have not been particularly kind to Mr Crandall in the past. We called the shots as we saw them, admittedly sometimes a bit prematurely, without the advantage of 20-20 hindsight. Our main goal was not necessarily to crucify an elected official but to get Coeymans residents to think and to question for themselves. One example was in May 2016, Mr Crandall was barely in office 5 months, and we butchered Mr Crandall and his board for what then appeared to be a cover-up but now has been revealed as good, responsible planning. Yes, we have egg on our face and wear it proudly now that we can honestly say Mr Crandall put it there. Bravo! Mr Crandall. Good for the people of Coeymans!


We at Smalbany think differently: we believe in openness, ethics, and responsibility. That’s why we put the time and energy into this interview series. We want our readers to know the truth. So let’s get started on Segment 1 of the Crandall Interview. The complete text of Segment 1 of the Crandall Interview is available for viewing Crandall Interview-Segment 1.

The devil is in the details, something McHugh hasn’t discussed, but we got the details. The Crandall team has demonstrated outstanding fiscal management and responsibility for the Coeymans community and beyond. Here are the excerpts from Segment 1 of the Crandall Interview:

Supervisor Crandall:- Well, since I took over as Town Supervisor, I can go back to where I first took office. At first we started out with very close to $500,000 in debt, and on top of that was another $200,000 of unpaid vendors’ bills which we came into. We were able to through good fiscal policy … And through that whole process, we were able to eliminate the debt and come back at the end of the year with a $60,000 surplus that year, for 2016.

“But we also inherited a sewer and water project, which we mostly completed. We were able to $2.5 million in aid from the state, which was free money, and then we were able to get another $680,000 loan at 0% interest to finish the rest of the project: replacing broken sewer lines, broken storm sewer lines, digging new ones, doing improvements in our water and sewer plant itself.

“We made some major improvements in our pocket park out in the Alcove.[1] …Tom Sweeney was very instrumental in getting some grants for that, and we put some money into that, and got that all straightened out. So that’s now a really nice park, pocket park right now.

Port of Coeymans, Coeymans Industrial Park, Carver Laraway, George McHugh

Mr Crandall:- “We, looked into a “reval”[2] 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 homeownership was at 95% of TMV.[3] 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.

“Now [we are] working with the DOT (Department of Transportation), we met with the regional director at the time who was Sam Zhou … we finally convinced him to repave 144, and to come up through the Village and finish repaving and putting new sidewalks in on 143 and in the Village, which made them ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant. So now, now that they are ADA compliant, the sidewalks, they can now put in the crosswalks. You can’t put in a crosswalk if the sidewalks are not ADA compliant. So we now have nice crosswalks. The Village as partially in on this, after we got the ball rolling, and they cooperated and they helped.

“That was a nice project that I’m very proud of. And the sidewalks down in the Hamlet, too.

“We started work on in the planning phase, of putting permanent bathrooms in Joralemon Park and in the Waterfront Part in Coeymans Landing…and we’re going to put them in ourselves. Hopefully, next Spring. But that’s all in the planning stages. A lot of work was put into that. We got grants.

“Tom (Dolan) helped get a grant, and so did Mike McGuire. We got an electric car port put in, an electric car charger put in down in the park on Coeymans Landing.

“I have been very cautious with the Town’s money, and so was the Town Board, for the last three years. We built up a good, healthy fund balance, and it’s so healthy that our CPA, our Internal Control Officer, advised us: “If you want to give a good tax cut, you certainly can do it!” So, I asked him, “How much?” He said, “You can stay healthy and still give 10% back to the people.” So, we’re able to give back a 10% tax cut to the people this year.

“I feel we are comfortable enough, we have paid down a lot of debt, the finances are under control, and we a good “cash-on-hand,” so if anything goes wrong, I’m still going to be able to cover it, and still give a 10% tax cut back to the people.

“I promised the people in my first year that I would take a $10,000 cut in pay, and that I would not take Town benefits, saving them another $20,000 a year. And I kept that promise. And I continue to do that, and as long as I’m in office, that salary will stay the same. I will not increase it, and I will not take Town benefits. Over the past 4 years, I have personally saved the Town $120,000.

This is the first administration that has put Town insurances out for bid. We put them allout for bid. We’ve saved the Town another $65-75,000 a year by putting those out to bid.

“How greedy do you have to be? And at what expense? At the expense of our children’s and our grandchildren’s lungs?” (P. Crandall Interview)

We passed the Clean Air Law...We took all of our time. We crafted a law, we redid it, we reread it, redid it, and we finally put it up for a public hearing. An official public hearing in August 2018. ..we kept the public hearing open, so that people would come to Town Board meetings, and air anything they wanted for the next 9 months…So for anybody to say that they didn’t like the process, or that we rushed it, it was over 18 months before we passed that law. And there’s longer than it takes in Congress, for God’s sake. [Editor’s Note: This is a longish section in the transcript but worth reading for the details.]

Smalbany:- “You had already defeated the dump project, and converted that into a wildlife preserve. I’ve got that here but if you’d like to tell us a little about that…

Supervisor Crandall:-  Yes. I do. That was another accomplishment. Because, this  Carver Laraway was supposed to purchase that property but when he found that there was no real access into it … yes, that’s the old dump property, he was all set to buy that…When Carver Laraway backed out he pissed off Albany County big time. Yes. His lawyer didn’t really check into the specifics. His lawyer was …George McHugh. “We called DEC and we talked to them on the phone 2 or 3 times expressing our interest, and sent out a letter expressing interest in turning that into a wildlife preserve, forever wild, to be used by fishermen, hunters, and hikers, and all told, that’s exactly what happened. They bought it and turned it into a wildlife preserve. Now the City of Albany, too, to their credit, because they wanted to get rid of it, they encouraged them to buy it, too. But together, it turned into a wildlife management … and I think we can take partial credit for that.

“One thing that I want to do in the future, as much as LaFarge and Carver are trying to beat us, I still want to sit down with them, and figure out a way to cut through LaFarge’s property somehow to have them get the truck traffic off Main Street in Ravena. There’s got to be a way to do it, and I want to work with them. If the Town has to put some money into it, I have no problem that, with the Town taking a road through there but as long as the, you know, as long as they’ll work with us to get the truck traffic off of Main Street in Ravena. And I believe that we can come to an agreement somehow, if we work with LaFarge and Laraway on this.

Friends of Coeymans, George McHugh’s propaganda mill,  recently posted an outright LIE about the Coeymans Budget and the so-called First Responders!  Nothing could be further from the truth. The Ravena Rescue Squad is a PRIVATE COMPANY, and they have no problem with less than honest ways of padding their pockets. Here’s the truth. Check it out for yourselves.

“There’s also another rumor out there about the Rescue Squad. The Rescue Squad is now a private company, an LLC. And they negotiate with the town for their funds. Now, they’re not a part of the Town; they’re their own unit now. They have been for the past 10 or 15 years. So, they negotiate with the Town for their services. Back in 2014, when Steve Flach (R) was here, they came and said that New Baltimore was going to drop out. They said they were losing $80,000 there, and would the Town make that up? Flach agreed, and gave them an extra $80,000, which brought the amount up to $147,000 that the Town was giving them. Well, lo and behold, New Baltimore ends up not backing out. And you think the Rescue Squad comes back to the Town and says, “Hey, here’s your money back?” No. They never told the Town. Well, I found out about it in my second year in office, and it takes time to figure things out, but I found out and I did my research…and they [the Rescue Squad] had over $700,000 in a savings account in the bank. And so, I told the rescue squad people…that we were going back to what we originally gave them, $71,000, and I laid it all out for them, all the information. She [the woman negotiating for the Rescue Squad] was a little taken aback but surprised that I did my homework, and she’s out there now spreading lies, and telling the Republicans that we stole their money. We didn’t steal anything. We negotiated for the taxpayers of the Town, and to give them [the Rescue Squad] a minor increase each year for inflation, I have no problem with that. But when they [the Rescue Squad] jacked it up and never told us, that’s deceitful on their part. Shame on them. So, basically, they took money from the taxpayers of the Town when they shouldn’t have. Do they do a good service? Yes. I have no qualms about that. But still I have to deal for the taxpayers. I’m elected by voters and the taxpayers of this Town. And they (Rescue Squad) are a private company; they’re not entitled to anything. They have to negotiate, and give me the reasons, Why? That’s the real deal about what’s happening. Nobody’s stealing money from them.

“We also negotiated a 4-year contract with CSEA which saves the Town time and money, and effort, and it also gives the men stability in their jobs. They got a fair increase, the Town employees, they got a fair increase in their wages, they gave back a few things but we’re saving taxpayers money by having an extended contract, which gives you stability in your budget, and you know what to budget for. So instead of a 3-year contract, we got a 4-year contract…The Police Department, we got a 5-year contract out of them. And we got some give-backs from them.

This is disc golf. It’s turning into a sensation!

“Out in Joralemon Park we have a disc golf course, and that disc golf course is one of the premier ones in the country, and they’ve told us that they can hold tournaments there, national tournaments, if we have permanent restrooms. And they’ve also said, I believe, that they’re willing to kick in some money for the permanent restrooms. So, if we can get those built, that’s what I want to do. That’ll be a draw for the town. Maybe the people coming in will spend some money here, or some vendors in town will want to go out there and have their vending booths while they’re there. That’s one of the things I want to see for the Town.

“At our Coeymans Landing Park, I’ve been talking with DEC and they said that we could probably get permission to extend our waterfront park a little farther down (to the South). It will be on state property but will have access to the waterfront area, or it’ll be concrete or it’ll be a boardwalk, who knows, I want to extend that to give people access to the river: fishing, kayaking, small boats. I want to put small boat moorings in for kayaks and small motor boats, and off of there I’d like to build some gazebos, small gazebos off of them, where people can sit by the river and picnic. You can come down with your family. I want to improve the playground for the kids. I want to improve the park so that people will use it, make more use of it.

Clean Water Draws Homeowners, Population, Growth.

“I want to negotiate with the Village to extend the water lines up through Martin’s Hill, and starting to extend them, little by little, up through the Hollow (Coeymans Hollow). If we can extend the water lines up through there — if the Village will go along with it — which I hope they will, we can get homeowners to start building, and developers to start developing the properties out there. When you’ve got a source of clean, clear water, it’s a GO! for development. And eventually, what comes with the clean clear water lines, eventually the sewer lines will come, and when you’ve got that in place, it’s so much better for home construction.

“I also want to continue to work with the board, and anybody else in town, to bring more small businesses to Town. Light industry is fine but I don’t want any dirty industry of any kind, anything that’s going to hurt our environment.

“There’s a law on the books that allows the Town to adopt what the state has already adopted, and many other towns have adopted, where you can give small grants over a short period of time, and eventually that grant will disappear. Say someone wants to open a business on Main Street. We can give them $5-10,000, it’s a tax break, which over a 5-10 year period it comes down, until they’re self-sufficient. And we’d like to try something like that to attract small business, especially along Main Street in the Village, and in the Hamlet.

“And the other incentive we’ll offer is that we have the lowest tax rate in Albany County, and I want to keep it that way.

“As long as we keep doing that and as long as we can keep the infrastructure up, and as long as we can keep improving our parks, these things will help to draw businesses in. Because if we can draw people in to settle here, that’s when the bigger the population, the more businesses will come. And, hopefully, these businesses will create jobs for at least 18-20 year olds, who need jobs for the summer, and such. Maybe they’ll produce full-time jobs. I don’t know but this is what I’m willing to try…You increase the population it’s good for businesses because they have the workforce.

And one of the most important statements made by Mr Crandall: 

Smalbany:-  What are the 5 most significant benefits that Coeymans residents have received during your term in office but don’t know about?”

Mr. Crandall:-    They’ve received clean air, clean soil, clean water forever if that law (Clean Air Law) is not overturned. They’ve received improved and fixed infrastructure. In myself and in Tom Dolan, they have leaders who are looking to the future, because the only way to expand the tax base and make this town grow is to bring people into a town to buy property, to build homes, buy homes here, settle here, put their kids in school here, shop and buy here, pay their taxes here, that’s how the community grows. Nobody’s going to come to a community that is allowing industry to burn medical waste, garbage, and tires in their town. That’s it in a nutshell.

So, folks, those are excerpts from Segment 1 of the Crandall Interview. What’s not to like? So, you thought you knew what was going on? Surprise. Crandall and his team are working for you and doing a hell of a lot of good. Support them; they deserve it.

There are two more segments that will be published during this week. You’ll want to read them, too, because those facts will bury George McHugh and his Coeymanazis.


[1] A pocket park (also known as a mini-park) is a small park accessible to the general public. Pocket parks are frequently created on a single vacant building lot or on small, irregular pieces of land.

[2] “Reval” = 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.”

[3] Editor’s Note: It seems “real market value” or RMV is meant here, that is, Real Market Value (RMV) is typically the price your property would sell for in a transaction between a willing buyer and a willing seller on January 1, the assessment date for the tax year.. True market value (TMV) it is the value that a willing, and able buyer is willing, and able to pay in today’s market. So the true market value can fluctuate over time, and sometimes in a short amount of time.

 

 

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

The first installment of the Crandall Interview will be 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, [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]


[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!

 

George McHugh: Dishonorable Scoundrel! How Dare You!!!

George McHugh goes far beyond just being a liar and a crook. He’s lower than a snake’s belly. It wasn’t enough that he lies through his teeth on unimportant issues because he’s ignorant, and a greedy bastard. We could almost stomach his total lack of scruples and serious problems with the truth but his most recent lie shows the man has no character at all. He’d dirtier than dirt.

After the First Lie, Everything Else is a Lie

On September 11, 2001, forever to be known as 9/11, the American people experienced the most horrendous act of terrorism to have happened in the American Homeland ever. The death toll was 2,996, not including deaths related to the aftermath of the tragedy. Perhaps we’ll never know the total suffering that came into American lives on that September morning!

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Scenes of Unimaginable Horror and Suffering

Anyone Who Would Lie about His Military Service and Connect that with the Incredibly Tragic Deaths on September 11, 2001, should be Tarred, Feathered, Run Out of Town on His Bare Ass!

There were heroes made on September 11, 2001, real heroes. Firefighters, police, first responders, clergy, Joe and Jane Average, who went in risking their lives, some of them losing their lives in acts of pure heroism!

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The real-life heroes of September 11, 2001

What kind of person would lie about why he didn’t run for a second term. Worse still: Why would he try to make himself into a war hero by lying and then trying to cash in on the emotions associated with 9/11. We’ll tell you what kind of worthless piece of crap: George McHugh!

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Real men in uniform, facing death and horrible injury in a place far from home, suffering every kind of suffering in the field

All of you morons who are flocking around this phony so adoringly had better wake up and see the rat that he is.

You don’t have to believe us. Worse still, you don’t have to believe McHugh’s media whore, the Ravena News Herald, or its whatever editor, Kate Lisa, much less McHugh’s long-time friend, buddy and puppet, Mark Vinciguerra. We’ll get to Carver Laraway and Billy Biers in an upcoming exposé but right now, we have to take care of the arch-scoundrel, liar, phony, and fake-patriot, George McHugh.

If you received this McHugh campaign card…

Read this very carefully:

Any man who associates lies with a national tragedy and the uniform is a disgrace!

After the first lie, everything else is a lie!

Perhaps the News Herald should check their facts before printing the weasel-words of a lying shyster, George McHugh. Had the News Herald checked their own archives, they would have found the very same thing we found when we checked back issues of the News Herald, in our research as to Why? McHugh didn’t run for re-election after his single term as Coeymans Town supervisor. But truth don’t figure in fake news, do they. And, hell, when you’ve got the Friends of Coeymans doing your dirty propaganda work for you, abusing honest and community-minded citizens, why would you need the truth?

In May 2001

McHugh says one term enough” (Thursday May 10, 2001, Gene Levy)

“Coeymans – Saying he needs more time to devote to his family and law practice, George McHugh announced last Friday he will not seek a second term as supervisor.

McHugh made his thoughts known in an open letter to town residents that will appear in this week’s News-Herald.

“I’ve given vigilant service to the town. I also need to be a good husband and father and look after an expanding law practice.”

“I’m still hoping I can help bring about one hall for the village and town, which would be the village hall,” he said.”

Ravena News Herald, Thursday, May 10, 2001: Letters to the Editor: “Open letter from the Town Supervisor,” McHugh himself writes, confirming what was reported in the Levy article:

“With a growing law practice and a young family, I do not feel that I can continue to perform the duties and responsibilities of the office of Supervisor for a second term to the level at which the position requires.”

McHugh’s a moral mess! He can’t keep a family intact; how is he going to keep a community intact?

Just another bloodsucking attorney in town.

Well, half of McHugh’s plans were real: he kept his law practice going. But even more troubling than another blood-sucking attorney in town is the really disturbing fact that McHugh is such a failure at family. Isn’t family one of the touted Republican values? Family values. You’ve heard that expression before, haven’t you? He’s had four freakin’ marriages to date. Now, admittedly, some marriages are doomed to failure for very understandable reasons. Anyone can fail in a very early marriage, but most people hold out for a lifetime, working, sharing, etc. How can a man who has gone through four marriages ever hope to persuade normal people that he has anything worth salvaging, anything honestly worthwhile. The man’s a moral mess! He can’t keep a family intact; how is he going to keep a community intact?  We’ll we already have the answer to that: McHugh and his Coeymanazi Clowns are tearing the community apart just like McHugh apparently tore his families and marriages apart.

If you can’t keep a marriage together, how are you going to keep a community together, McHugh?

March 2019

McHugh’s story changes in 2019, when he is quoted by the News-Herald’s Melanie Lekocevic, in a front-page article, “McHugh at top of Coeymans Republican ticket”  (Ravena News Herald, Thursday, March 7, 2019), in which McHugh is quoted:

Lekecovic writes in her article, “But when 9/11 took place, McHugh said other responsibilities took priority,” and Lekocevic quotes McHugh:

The first and foremost reason I didn’t run for reelection was Sept. 11, 2001.” McHugh said, “As an army officer the operations tempo got considerably greater and I did not think I could do justice to both the town and my country, so I did not seek re-election. I don’t regret that move.”

So, on or before May 10, 2001, fully 4 months almost to the day prior to the events of September 11, 2001, Mr. McHugh announced his decision not to run for re-election for the office of Coeymans Town Supervisor. The News Herald article and McHugh’s own letter to the editor, give as his reasons that he wanted to devote more time to family and to his law practice. Both good reasons at the time but McHugh doesn’t mention 9/11 as one of his reasons. Perhaps because 9/11 was four months to the day in the future!

So here’s where we get a taste of McHugh’s real lack of character, and his misuse of any noble military service or patriotism: In a front-page article announcing McHugh’s candidacy for Town Supervisor in 2019, McHugh now claims that the reason he chose not to run for re-election in 2001 was “first and foremost…was September 11, 2001,” and that he “could not do justice to both the town and my country.” The man’s a bare-faced liar! And he’s playing everyone in Coeymans for the fool!

No honorable officer in the United States Army, National Guard twerp or not, would ever stoop so low as to misrepresent himself, to dishonor the dead of 9/11, to dishonor the real heroes of 9/11, to dishonor the real combat soldiers of Afghanistan and their dead, by trying to spin his reasons for not having sought re-election, and turn 9/11 into political capital and use 9/11 to fraudulently make himself look better. How can someone want political office so badly to act so dishonorably. How can anyone with any conscience, any sense of patriotism, any feeling or sympathy for the dead, the suffering, and the heroes of 911, stomach even looking at George McHugh, a piece of s**t that has dishonored his community, his uniform, his Republican party, and his country by his lies.

If any of you rabid McHugh fans doubt anything we’ve written here, you or your neighbors have received the campaign card. The RCS Community Library has the back editions of the Ravena News Herald, so you can see for yourselves. You might want to ask Kate Lisa, the editor of the Ravena News Herald, or Mark Vinciguerra, the publisher of the News Herald why they published McHugh’s lies in the first place. Why didn’t they check their own archive. We did!!!

And we’ve got more, much more on McHugh, his keepers LaFarge, Carver Laraway, Billy Biers, Daniel D. Baker (sitting board member and McHugh mole on the Town Board; he’s the one who wanted to appoint Nate Boomer to be on the Planning Board, and wouldn’t listen when the Town Lawyer told him he couldn’t do that because there were no vacancies. DUH!). We’ll publish the rest of the dirt in a week or so. This really couldn’t wait!!!

Now you’ve really pissed me off, McHugh!
The Editor



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Christmas is Coming Early this Year: Crandall Interviews

The Crandall interviews were done yesterday evening, and will be published in three segments during the week of October 21-25, 2019. There’s a lot of great information in those interview questions, so the Smalbany blog want’s to get it out there in small doses. A short commentary on the interviews will be published in advance of the Interviews. Get the word out and send this link to all your friends and contacts: https://smalbanynewyork.wordpress.com/


Only Cowards Hide Behind Silence and Lies

George McHugh has avoided debating Phil Crandall on at least three occasions. Crandall stated his willingness and provided McHugh with dates for at least 3 debate opportunities. McHugh has gone into hiding. His thugs, calling themselves “Friends of Coeymans,” are taking care of spreading the fear and the false facts (read: lies).

George McHugh was invited at least three times to be interviewed to answer questions about his background, the judgeship he doesn’t seem to want to talk about, his connections with LaFarge, Carver Laraway, Billy Biers, the Ravena News Herald, Mark Vinciguerra, the State Racing Commission, how he allegedly got fired by Carver Laraway, etc., etc., but he has refused to be interviewed. We wanted to know why he has to misrepresent the facts and talk gibberish in his campaign. All McHugh and his thugs can do is make wild vague statements without presenting any real meat-and-potato facts. We have the documents and the facts already, all we want from McHugh is his statements on what we have, but he’s running scared.

McHugh’s version of transparency is about as clear as mud; the same stuff he and his friends like to sling instead of arguing with facts and truth.

Mudslinging: promoting lies and making accusations against the opposing party in order to make themselves look better.
The McHugh campaign strategy supported by the Coeymanazi Clowns, Friends of Coeymans.

If McHugh Won’t Answer Questions Now, Do You Think He’s Going be More Transparent, Open, and Accountable IF Elected? NOT!!!

Why is George McHugh so terrified of debating or interviewing? 

We know why he’s so terrified of debating or interviewing. We have documents and facts to show that he’s a crook, a coward, and worse: a LIAR.

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Wouldn’t it be great if liar’s did actually catch fire?

Zach Collins and Brandon Lefevre: Daddy McHugh’s got your Strings, Boys. Just Dance for Daddy!

So you think Georgie Boy is such a war hero? You think he’s God’s gift to Coeymans with his two young pups; “pups”.that’s short for PUPPETS. Georgie will be pulling their chains and their strings just like he’s doing now. They’re too young and gullible to see through his sneaky plan for them.

Zach Collins + Brandon Lefevre
Enjoy the dance, boys. Daddy McHugh will pull your strings.

For the Tanners and Driscoll-s, and the rest of the friendless and brainless who hang out on the Friends of Coeymans page, and can’t read between the lines of their propaganda, we’re providing you with a picture that you just might understand.

George McHugh and his thugs, Friends of Coeymans, are playing Coeymans voters like puppets on strings.  Dance little puppets! Dance!
Manipulating and controlling with threats and lies. Facebook has become Friends of McHugh’s weapon of mass destruction, and McHugh wants to make Coeymans Ground Zero!

 



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News Herald Squeals Copyright Infringement: We respond “FAIR USE”

Coeymans Clowns are Everywhere!

Kate Lisa of the Ravena News Herald and Capital Region Independent Media is on a mission to get the Fiends’ of Coeymans faces off this site. She’s screaming copyright violation and claiming photoshopping! She’s demanding the images be removed. Our contributor responded to her piggy squeals in no uncertain terms: he told her to “To take a walk.”

“Take down those pictures!” cried Kate.

The site where some images appear showing the mugs of the “Fiends of Coeymans” is on an Internet page Groups Fight For Town Respect, Transparency — similar to those we display in one of our exposés — and there’s not a single copyright statement or notice anywhere on that page. We’d like readers to go to the link above and see for themselves. But we do caution you to understand that Kate Lisa and the Ravena News Herald are making heroes out of haters. Kate Lisa works for the Ravena News Herald, which is owned by Capital Region Independent Media, which is owned by Mark Vinciguerra, who is owned by George McHugh, who is owned by Carver Laraway

We saw through Kate Lisa’s unfriendly demands, and are not deterred by her contacting their attorney. He’ll pee down our leg and tell us it’s ice water; then he’ll take their retainer money. Idiots! We claim the protection of the doctrine of Fair Use, and have a sound basis in law to defend our use, since we are commenting and parodying the image and the subjects of the image, Jeff LaQuire, Nate Boomer, and Chris Hagen, who call themselves “Friends of Coeymans””, and whom we claim are being painted in a falsely positive light by George McHugh’s people at the Ravena News Herald. If you find a copyright notice on that page, please let us know. Our point: If you want to claim a copyright you should provide due notice of copyright or at least place a © on the material. Right? The law may not require that but why not do it if you’re so concerned? In order to bring an action at law for infringement, they’d have to have registered the copyright. Doesn’t matter though, because we claim Fair Use. If Kate Lisa still feels like her handler’s been abused, poor little piggy, maybe she can get McHugh to write a letter for her. 

Kate Lisa and Ravena News Herald want to rescue their three piggies: (left to right) Jeff LaQuire, Nate Boomer, and Chris Hagen, “Fiends of Coeymans”

Our parody and commentary on the so-called “Friends of Coeymans” is well founded given their Facebook antics and their disruption of public meetings. They seem to hate anything better looking than they are, smarter than they are, less porky than they are, and better smelling than they are. That  doesn’t leave much, and it leaves a lot of hating for them to accomplish but they’re working really hard at it.

Sorry, Kate, it’s all in the spirit of good fun. Get a grip!

A Friend of Coeymans had Kate Lisa tattooed on his brain.
Yer lookin’ good, Katie!



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