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Information on the Poop Senders Investigation

Since some — actually quite a few — crimes seem to get swept under the carpet or lost completely by incompetent investigators in Coeymans, and selectively prosecuted — depending on who you are or whom you know — by the Albany County District Attorney, P. David Soares,  we thought we’d help this one along. This case is so obscene, it has to be thoroughly investigated and the perps identified, apprehended, prosecuted, sentenced, and publicly shamed!

Read the first article on this case at: Coeymans Only Gets Sicker; Criminal Perps Being Investigated

Can Contento handle the case? We doubt it!
Better call in the Girl Scouts; they’ll do a better job!


Can Law Enforcement, Coeymans Police and the Albany County DA even spell the word?


A note from the Editor:

It’s always best to take affirmative steps to protect yourself and your family against criminals and criminal activity. Terror and terrorists come in any number of packages and flavors, some foreign, others domestic. Here are some tips from the FBI:

Section 802 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Pub. L. No. 107-52) expanded the definition of terrorism to cover “”domestic,”” as opposed to international, terrorism. A person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act “dangerous to human life” that is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United States, if the act appears to be intended to: (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; recently engaged in activities that could subject them to being investigated as engaging in domestic terrorism.

How Citizens Can Protect Themselves and Report Suspicious Activity

It is important for people to protect themselves both online and in-person, and to report any suspicious activity they encounter. The simplest ways to accomplish this are to:

  • Remain aware of your surroundings.
  • Refrain from oversharing personal information.
  • Say something if you see something. The insular nature of today’s violent extremists makes them difficult for law enforcement to identify and disrupt before an attack. Many times, a person’s family or friends may be the first to notice a concerning change in behavior that may indicate a person is mobilizing to violence.

(Source: Terrorism, https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/terrorism, last accessed on November 25, 2019)


The Facts

On or about November 13, 2019, a person or persons yet to be identified, made a purchase from the online vendor poopsenders.com, and caused to be mailed via the United States Postal Service, at least 5 packages containing feces of an unspecified species, to addresses in the Town of Coeymans.

This sums up the perps.
Poop-in-a-Bag

The Vendor[1]

The seller of the product sent by first class mail via the United States Postal Service operates a business from an Internet site at poopsenders.com, and offers for sale a variety of animal by-products, namely, feces, which for payment the company will send by United States Postal Service, to recipients, whose names and addresses are provided by the purchaser of the product, namely animal feces.

The seller of the product packages the product for shipment but does not indicate on the shipping container that the container contains hazardous, dangerous, or offensive material.

The container containing the product is sent in a plain white envelope with no indication of its contents, and is apparently mailed via general mail-handling channels. The package shows a tracking number, which can be used to track the package en route, up to the point of delivery of the package.

The seller’s Internet site clearly states on its home page that their product is:

  • The Ultimate Gag Gift
  • “Sweet Revenge At Its Finest
  • “Guaranteed Anonymous”

The words in that description “gag,” “revenge,” “anonymous” are key to an understanding of the intent and purpose of the product.

The Seller’s Guarantee[2]

The seller allegedly promises that the purchaser/sender will remain “guaranteed anonymous,” that Poop Senders will “NOT” let the recipient know who sent the package, and even offers a cash payment option to avoid tracing the purchase. In that same section Poop Senders acknowledges that the product they will send will be “a healthy heap of some of the nastiest, stinkiest, fresh poop packages that anyone has ever seen.” The seller finishes with the statement, “We will never tell.” Well, both Poop Senders and their clients are in for a big surprise!

ONLY COWARDS DO IT ANONYMOUSLY

The Seller’s Reasons for Sending their Product[3]

The seller lists at least ten (10) reasons for sending their product:

  1. For your ex
  2. Neighbors pet crapping on your lawn
  3. For your mean boss
  4. For a salesperson or mechanic that ripped you off
  5. A Last minute gift for someone who has everything
  6. A gag gift
  7. For that rich gloating friend, knock them down a peg
  8. To the teacher that gave your son/daughter a poor grade
  9. Some one left you a negative review or feedback
  10. You just don’t like them

At least eight (8) out of the ten (10) reasons for sending the seller’s product are obviously with the intent to punish, intimidate, offend, alarm, or otherwise annoy the recipient; in other words, at least eight (8) out of ten (10) reasons published by the seller are for the ostensible purpose of harassing the recipient.

The seller publishes on their website testimonials that are obviously meant to emphasize the adverse intent of the product. Examples of some of the statements made include:[4]

  • “This is a gift that every asshole neighbor should get.”
  • “I sent one to my jackass brother in law and the whole family found out about it and they are all teasing him. He doesn’t know who it came from. He’s so pissed off its great.”
  • ‘[I] have already sent out 3 “poop packages” and the shit is just starting to fly.”

The published “testimonials” published on the seller’s website clearly prove that the seller is aware of the intentions of the individuals purchasing their product and clearly uses that information as a motivation for purchasing the product, that is, for the purpose of punishing, intimidating, offending, alarming, or otherwise annoying the recipient.

The fact that the seller emphasizes the value of anonymity in perpetrating the harassment is further proof of the seller’s intent to facilitate the commission of the criminal behavior by the purchaser, and not only facilitates the commission of the unlawful and criminal acts but explicitly encourages the commission of the unlawful and criminal acts.

The seller uses anonymity or the guarantee of anonymity to further promote the sale and purchase of their product, thus accomplishing the purpose of selling their product by encouraging unlawful and asocial behavior in persons who may be prone to such behavior but would avoid the behavior out of a fear of social shame if found out; the promise of anonymity claims to remove the risk of shame, and so removes a powerful deterrent to asocial and unlawful conduct, thus encouraging, promoting, and facilitating such conduct.

The price ranges from 1 quart of cow dung for $17.95 + $9.95 S/H to $249.95 + 19.95 S/H for a 5-lb special package. The package sent to the Coeymans recipients are believed to be 1 quart cow dung packages ($17.95 + $9.95).

Criminals at the Computer.

The seller’s FAQs further confirm their encouragement of anonymity as well as the offensive nature of the product they offer:

“Does it have to be anonymous?
“Yes. We guarantee it. Now if you want to wait about a week after ordering your package and call or e-mail that special someone and ask them if they just got a special package that is up to you, but rest assured we will never tell. Want to be extra careful? Pay with our cash option where you mail in the order form (or just number) and payment.”

“Is it real poop?
“Only the mad scientist that packs this stuff in the back room knows for sure and he wouldn’t tell us, but we do know this, it really smells bad back there, he is mixing up shit, and he does visit the local dairy farm and zoo about twice a week. (We also don’t want the delivery company to actually know what kind of shit they’re delivering.) We can assure you that it looks nasty and really stinks. It will get the point across to your intended victim.”

The seller provides legal advice, although they are not attorneys, as to the legality of their operations and practices.

“Is this legal?
“Yes and we’ve been in business since 2007. Sending an anonymous non-hazardous package through the US Postal Service is indeed legal. Please review our legal page for more information.

What do you expect them to tell you? That it’s illegal maybe? The statement in the above FAQ is misleading because it states a truth but in a misleading manner, because animal feces is hazardous both physically and psychologically, and the seller is sending such material through the United States Postal Service.


Synopsis of the Criminality of the Act

Poop Senders and their Customers misuse the USPS in the Commission of Criminal Acts.

The vendor, Poop Senders, is misinforming the public by stating that what they and their customers are engaging in is legal. It is NOT. Poop Senders clearly and explicitly states that their product is intended to annoy, offend, irritate, disgust, intimidate the recipient of the product. Poop Senders provides examples of situations in which customers can use their product for the purpose of “revenge.” Testimonials are provided which clearly and explicitly state that the purpose underlying purchase of the product was to annoy, intimidate, disgust, or offend the recipient. Poop Senders literally guarantees the effect of disgust, offensiveness, annoyance, intimidation. Anonymity is offered to prevent their customers from public shame and, ostensibly, to avoid prosecution — in other words, Poop Senders is conspiring to aid in concealing the commission of a crime, and so facilitate their customers in the commission of an unlawful act. Poop Senders, by their own statements, provides clear evidence that their product is intended to harass or to harm the recipient. Poop Senders uses the USPS to effect these purposes. These purposes are clearly described as harassment in the penal/criminal codes of both New York and Pennsylvania. Therefore, Poop Senders is using the USPS to perpetrate a criminal act; Poop Senders‘ customers are availing themselves of Poop Senders‘ guarantee of the desired effects and are therefore employing Poop Senders to commit an unlawful act, a criminal act in both New York and Pennsylvania — misdemeanor harassment —, a criminal act across state lines, an interstate criminal act, using the USPS as the effective vehicle to consummate the act. The Internet is being used as the medium over which the directions for the commission of the crime are being transmitted. Poop Senders is cooperating with the purchaser for payment for the commission of a criminal act.

OK, Law Enforcement, USPS Inspection Division, what is it you don’t understand?
SHIT IS HAZARDOUS, BIO-HAZARDOUS!!!


Moreover, despite the clear and conspicuous intent of the seller’s product and the content of the testimonials, which explicitly state the unlawful intent of the product, the seller provides a “disclaimer,” which does not eliminate the seller’s liability and would have no legal effect given the overwhelming evidence of the seller’s intent and the purchasers’ stated intended effects in the testimonials section of the website.

The Unlawful, Illegal, and Asocial Nature of the Product

We believe that the seller knowingly sells a product whose sole purpose and intent is to annoy, alarm, intimidate, offend the recipient of the product. That intent is clearly stated by the seller to be “revenge,” and the seller explicitly lists at least ten examples of situations in which the clear intent of sending the product is to punish, annoy, intimidate, offend, etc. the recipient for no objectively lawful purpose.

The contents of the package is animal feces, that is, an animal waste product that is potentially hazardous to the health and well-being not only of the recipient but also of the USPS employees handling or coming in contact with the package. The product is hazardous.

The postal service employees and the recipient are not provide with due notice of the nature of the contents and are therefore knowingly put at risk by both the seller/sender and the purchaser of the product.

The sending of hazardous or potentially hazardous material via the United States Postal Service is a priori unlawful and criminal, unless there is compliance with the relevant regulations. There is no evidence of any compliance whatsoever. The sending of hazardous or potentially hazardous material via the United States Postal Service with the clear intention of committing a crime is egregiously and aggravatingly criminal.

Given the clear and explicit statements of the seller on their website, the product’s primary intention is to annoy, intimidate, offend, or otherwise elicit an adverse reaction in the recipient; the seller guarantees that effect in order to encourage the purchaser to purchase the seller’s product for the ostensible purpose of annoying, offending, intimidating, or, as stated in the seller’s published material, as “revenge.” The purchaser purchases the seller’s product with the intent of eliciting the guaranteed effects.

The seller further entraps the potential purchaser by ensuring anonymity.

The seller states they they “ship only to [sic] the Continental United States.” The seller ships via the USPS across state lines, that is, engages in interstate commerce of hazardous or potentially hazardous materials. In the present case, the seller shipped across state borders, that is, from a location in Pennsylvania to locations in New York state.

The Criminal Codes of New York State and the State of Pennsylvania

Both New York and Pennsylvania have in their Criminal Codes provisions describing the crime of harassment.

The New York State criminal code, NY Penal L § 240.30, describes the crime of misdemeanor aggravated harassment as

“240.30 Aggravated harassment in the second degree.

A person is guilty of aggravated harassment in the second degree when, with intent to harass, annoy, threaten or alarm another person, he or she:
she:
Either (a) communicates with a person, anonymously or otherwise, by telephone, by telegraph, or by mail, or by transmitting or delivering any other form of written communication, in a manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm; or

(b) causes a communication to be initiated by mechanical or electronic means or otherwise with a person, anonymously or otherwise, by telephone, by telegraph, or by mail, or by transmitting or delivering any other form of written communication, in a manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm.

The Pennsylvania criminal code, Title 18, § 2709. Harassment.

(a) Offense defined.–A person commits the crime of harassment when, with intent to harass, annoy or alarm another, the person:
(3) engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits acts which serve no legitimate purpose;
(4) communicates to or about such other person any lewd, lascivious, threatening or obscene words, language, drawings or caricatures;
(5) communicates repeatedly in an anonymous manner;

The seller and the purchaser of the seller’s product have perpetrated and committed or have caused to be perpetrated or committed, or are accessories to the perpetration or commission of misdemeanor harassment under the criminal statutes of both New York and Pennsylvania.

The Primary Suspects

As in any investigation, an investigator must take into consideration motive, motivation, purpose, intent, knowledge, pattern, previous conduct, etc. and form a list of persons who would be most likely to perpetrate the unlawful acts.

Given the contentious conduct of the Comeback Team candidates and their close association and alliances with the so-called Friends of Coeymans principals, we feel that the following individuals are and should be considered primary suspects in the present situation:

The Whole Community Knows Who is Behind This Atrocity!

Boomer

Nathan P. Boomer (Friends of Coeymans)
212 Biechman Road
Ravena, NY 12046

Hagen

Christopher J. Hagen (Friends of Coeymans)
32 Lindskoog Road
Alcove, NY 12007

LaQuire

Jeffrey Laquire (Friends of Coeymans)
11 Albright Court
Ravena, NY 12143

Collins

Zachary Collins (Comeback Team)
898 Route 143
[Coeymans Hollow]
Ravena, NY 12143

Lefevre

Brendan Lefevre (Comeback Team)
250 Buschendorf Road
[Coeymans Hollow, Parent’s Basement]
Ravena, New York 12143

McHugh

George D. McHugh (Comeback Team)
100 Lawson Lake Road
Feura Bush, NY 12067

The tactics and publications of the principals, organizers, and administrators of the Friends of Coeymans, serve to evidence that the purchase and sending of the packages in question is not something that can be easily or otherwise ruled out, since such conduct would be easily presumed from the group’s paste and ongoing practices and tactics. Such harassment would be completely in the character and repertoire of the group given their pattern of harassment, bullying, disruption, degradation, and annoyance of persons, whom they have targeted.

And NO! The Comeback Team does not have a mandate from the “People;” they have only the votes of their supporters. That’s all. After the pre-election antics and the performances of the Coeymans Clowns, the so-called Friends of Coeymans, most of the People stayed safely home; the beasts, the Fiends of Coeymans were out, and a few stalwart citizens defied the neonazis and made their way to the polls, only to be harassed afterwards. Let’s admit the truth!

Given the close association and the support derived by the so-called Comeback Team, that is, the candidates in the most recent local elections, George McHugh, Zachary Collins, and Brendan Lefevre, their knowledge of and concealment of the unlawful conduct of the primary suspects cannot be ruled out.

Law Enforcement Investigation of the Criminal Activities

The Coeymans Police Department has been notified, and the victims who received the offending packages at Coeymans Town Hall have turned over the packages received at Coeymans Town Hall to the Coeymans Police for investigation.

Have the Coeymans Police Interviewed the Friends of Coeymans or the Comeback Team?

Given the current state of facts in the Town of Coeymans, we expect that the Coeymans Police have called at least the primary suspects in for questioning; furthermore, we expect that in the interest of efficient police work, the members of the Comeback Team have been interviewed and questioned as to their knowledge of any facts relevant to the unlawful acts.

We expect that any interviews or interrogations have been duly documented for the record as part of the investigation process.

The Albany County District Attorney, P. David Soares, as the chief law-enforcement officer in the County of Albany, must be informed and an investigation initiated through his office.

The Allegheny District Attorney, Stephen A. Zappala, Jr., should be notified and his office requested to collaborate with the office of the Albany County DA, in the investigation of the seller’s activities in Pennsylvania. The offices of Albany County and Allegheny County DA must collaborate and cooperate in a joint effort to identify, apprehend, and prosecute the offenders in this case.

The United States Postal Service Inspection Divisions responsible for and competent in Albany County (NY) and Allegheny County (PA) must be notified and requested to assist in the investigation of the unlawful conduct in this case. The Coeymans Police Department must be proactive in requesting the assistance of the United States Postal Service Inspection Division.

The perpetrators, both the seller and the purchaser(s) of the product(s), must be charged with various counts of criminal activity including but not limited to, misdemeanor harassment under the criminal codes of New York and Pennsylvania, violations of interstate commerce, violations of the USPS regulations regarding the use of the mail (1) to send hazardous or dangerous materials and (2) the use of the United States Postal Service and the mail in the commission of a crime, endangerment of the health and safety of not only the recipients of the packages but also of the USPS employees handling the packages or coming in contact with the packages.

THAT’S WHAT YOU ARE, SICKO-S!


Notes:

[1] For the purposes of this document, the vendor or the seller or shipper of the offending product is called “Poop Senders,” and the information cited in this document is extracted from the “Poop Senders” Internet site at https://www.poopsenders.com/ (last accessed on November 23, 2019). According to the return address shown on the shipping container, Poop Senders uses the moniker A.S. Enterprises located at P.O. Box 572, Allison Park, Pennsylvania 15101. The origin of the packages has been confirmed using the USPS tracking number appearing on the shipping package.

[2] The seller makes a number of “guarantee” claims: “Guaranteed Anonymous” (https://www.poopsenders.com/#order, last accessed on November 23, 2019), “Frequently Asked Questions” https://www.poopsenders.com/faq, last accessed on November 23, 2019).

[3] “Top 10 Reasons to Send Someone Poop!” (https://www.poopsenders.com/#order, lass accessed on November 23, 2019).

[4] “Testimonials” (https://www.poopsenders.com/testimonials, last accessed on November 23, 2019).

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“Qui tacet consentire videtur ubi loqui debuit ac potuit.”
“Silence is admission when when the accused ought to have spoken and was able to.”

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Coeymans Only Gets Sicker; Criminal Perps Being Investigated

Editor’s Note: Just an update: We’re on the trail and investigating this obscene incident, and are tracking the Coeymans Police Department’s handling of it. The Coeymans Police Department has proved itself incompetent and inept in a number of past cases, and has a reputation for being a troupe of clowns that have succeeded only in shaming Coeymans. Here’s a little challenge for them: Let’s see who solves this case sooner. Will it be Smalbany (very likely) or the Coeymans Police Department (very unlikely), who brings the criminals to justice? (Hint: Smalbany is already making progress in the case. Where’s First Sergeant Contento on this?)

Coeymans Police Investigator, Investigating.


It Appears that Some Coeymans Residents are Mailing Family Members to Other Coeymans Residents.

A Coeymans Resident is making a pubic statement about his family tree and is having a Pennsylvania-based company send examples of his family tree to other Coeymans residents. The problem is: All turds look alike and we can’t tell whether the turds in the mail are the sender’s mother, father, sister, brother, or a more distant cousin.

A Local Coeymans Resident Giving Birth.

Yes, dear readers, some mother in the Town of Coeymans has experienced the joy of motherhood and has asked us to post a picture of the bundle of joy that she’s sharing with some Coeymans residents.

WE DEMAND THAT SUPERVISOR-ELECT GEORGE McHUGH, COUNCILMEN-ELECT COLLINS AND LEFEVRE, AND LEGISLATOR-ELECT GEORGE LANGDON MAKE PUBLIC STATEMENTS DENOUNCING THE CRIMINALS INVOLVED IN SENDING OFFENSIVE PACKAGES! TO DO ANYTHING LESS THAN MAKE A PUBLIC DENOUNCEMENT AND APOLOGY WILL BE TANTAMOUNT TO ADMITTING INVOLVEMENT AND SUPPORT FOR SUCH MORONIC & CRIMINAL CONDUCT.

Because we think that George McHugh and his “Comeback Team,” and the Friends of Coeymans (Laquire, Boomer, Hagen) know very well who’s behind this malicious mischief.

We call upon Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares and Allegheny Co. (PA) DA Stephen A. Zappala, Jr. to launch an immediate investigation into this incredible example of obscene harassment of at least 5 local Coeymans residents!!!

We call upon New York State Attorney General  Letitia James to join with Pennsylvania State Attorney General Josh Shapiro to investigate the illicit and criminal business activities of the perp company selling the crap!

We call upon the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FBI, to investigate the perpetration of this interstate commercial crime.

The USPS Office of the Inspector General, Postal Inspectors, has been notified and Smalbany is awaiting contact with a local investigator. [Editor’s Note: There is already a file opened on this case with the USPS Postal Inspector, Boston Division (responsible for this area). If you have received a package or have information to share, you can call 1.207.871.8587, and speak to agent “Emily.”]

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What the happy and very relieved mother does not know is that Smalbany is now investigating her. You see, she’s been sharing little bits of herself, her own little product, via the United States Postal Service and First Class Mail. What she may not realize is she is committing a number of crimes and Smalbany will find her and her little bundle of joy and SHAME THEM.

Furthermore, Smalbany will urge the United States Postal Service Inspector to prosecute for abuse of the postal service. Smalbany will also demand that the United States Attorneys for the District of New York and the District of Pennsylvania investigate and prosecute the perps for violations of interstate trade and postal regulations.

Smalbany has already obtained the USPS tracking information and has verified the sender. That information is being used in our continuing investigation.

The idiots don’t realize that this package seals their fates.

And to be complete, Smalbany will assist the recipients of any packages in filing formal complaints of misdemeanor harassment against the persons ordering the packages. The misdemeanor complaints will be filed with state and local law enforcement, and, because of the nature of the interstate commerce offences, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, given the fact that the shipper can be identified.

Since the shipper can be identified, and given the criminal nature of the offences, and given the shipper’s own claims for their product, which clearly support the harassment intent of the product, the shipper will be required under subpoena power or by court order to produce their order records and other business records, which will be used to identify the person ordering the product and providing the shipping information. Once that is done, well, somebody’s going to jail. Smalbany has already notified the owners of the business name A.S. Enterprises that their business name is being fraudulently misused.

State attorneys general in New York and Pennsylvania will be notified directly of the company’s activities and urged to investigate and prosecute.

We’d like to thank the Coeymans residents who brought this example of sick-community to our attention. We’d also like to thank the Coeymans resident, who has made this VERY BIG mistake for confirming all of our statements regarding Coeymans as a sick-community. Once again, you have played right into our hands. Congrats, stupids!

Sicko-s come in threes!

 

 

 

 

Albany County Legislature: Public Comment on County Clean Air Law

On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., the Albany County Legislature met to receive Public Comment on the Albany County Proposed Local Law 1 of 2019, a Law to Establish Clean Air Standards for Waste-Burning Facilities in the County of Albany.


So-called Resolution No. 407 of the Albany County Legislature, a proposed local law of the County of Albany, New York, to establish Clean Air Standards for Waste-Burning Facilities in the County of Albany, was introduced by Albany County Legislators R. N. Touchette (37th) and Douglas A. Bullock (7th). The Resolution was passed to the Law and Conservation, Sustainability, and Green Initiatives Committees on September 9, 2019. It received favorable recommendation by the Albany County Legislature Law Committee on October 28, 2019, and was adopted by unanimous vote on November 12, 2019. The Legislature opened the proposed law for public comment on November 19, 2019.

We urge each and every Albany County Legislator to Vote YES! and to PASS the Albany County Clean Air Standards Law LL 1-2019!

A unanimous vote will mean that the Albany County Legislature and its member Legislators  are of one mind and one voice when it comes to the health and well-being of the people and future of Albany County, and neighboring counties.

The Albany County Legislative Chamber was standing-room only, and a number of public interest groups appeared and commented in support of the proposed law. Of approximately 30 speakers, only two spoke against the law: Coeymans Town Councilman, Daniel Baker and Dave Fletcher, manager of the Ravena-Coeymans Lafarge plant. Each of the some 28 speakers in favor of the law received loud applause in support of their comments. The silence was deafening when Baker and Fletcher finished, and had to return to their seats amid silent rejection and stares of rebuff. The public made their point: Overwhelming support for the proposed law and total rejection of the fakes who appeared to misinform the public about their plans to poison the air we breath.

Fletcher and Baker
Barely escaped tarring and feathering!

Nearly all of the comments voiced strong support for the proposed law, which is closely modeled on the Town of Coeymans Clean Air Law passed by the Coeymans Town Board this year (2019) against the fierce opposition by Lafarge and Carver Companies. Many of the comments made by speakers at the hearing praised Coeymans for the Clean Air Act and strongly encouraged the County Legislature to pass the law. Several speakers expressed their concern that the recent elections in Coeymans were a troubling precedent that money from big industry and business interests could influence the election of public officials as happened in Coeymans this November 5th.

The majority of speakers were from Albany County with a small number representing environmental groups, including a past regional executive director of the Department of Environmental Conservation, who strongly supported the law.

We are publishing the text of the comment made by a local resident at the hearing. This text was provided to the County Legislature in its full version (reproduced below); due to the 2-minute time limit imposed for commments, a shortened version was read at the hearing. The full version was, however, provided “for the record.”

The majority of the public comments were completely in line with the comment below; the only exceptions being the references to specific local Coeymans conditions and the examples citing local personalities.


Public Comment

Concerning the Proposed Local Law No. 1-2019
Local Law of the County of Albany, New York
Clean Air Standards for Waste-Burning Facilities

Albany County Legislature
November 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Mr. Touchette, Mr. Bullock, Honorable Legislators, Ladies and Gentlemen:

Thank you for this opportunity to comment publicly on this important proposed law in the interest of the public’s health and welfare.

Pollutants, contaminants, toxins are no respecters of county lines or municipal boundaries; pollution does not discriminate and is highly democratic; Just as the sun shines, the rain falls, the winds blow equally indiscrimately and democratically. What happens in Albany County will inevitably and irrevocably affect all sourrounding areas and regions, including those across the Hudson, in Rensselaer and Columbia Counties, if not beyond.

At least one recent local political campaign in the Town of Coeymans is evidence pure and absolute that government must step in where corporate responsibility, partisan politics, and business avarice falls short of safeguarding and ensuring the public weal.

In 2019, the Town Board of Coeymans passed Local Law 1-2019, the Clean Air Law, a law made necessary by the indifference of local industry the welfare of the surrounding communities. The intent of the Clean Air Law was regulate burning or related processing of waste. The Clean Air Law met with fierce and intense opposition led by LafargeHolcim, Carver Companies, and others, most notably by Coeymans supervisor-elect Mr. George McHugh and his supporters, who represented the interests of corporations like Lafarge and Carver Companies, the Port of Coeymans, and Coeymans Industrial Park. George McHugh and his supporters had and continue to have financial interests in all of those businesses. All of those businesses have been and continue to be generators or processors of hazardous materials, and have been cited for abuses of state and federal regulations in the subject matter of the environment and contamination.

Simply put: Industry and business interests, and their beneficiaries cannot be trusted to self-regulate. That is made abundantly clear by the opposition against the Coeymans Clean Air. Regrettably, however, McHugh and his minions skipped over facts to promote disinformation, misinformation, malinformation, and outright deception in order to garner voter support. It is no credit to the democratic process of a representative democracy that the majority of voters, rather than inform themselves, allowed themselves to be misinformed.

Two real examples will serve to buttress all of my points:

Upon reliable information, in fact upon the report of a sitting Coeymans Town Board member, Mr. Daniel Baker, LafargeHolcim was notified by DEC in advance of DEC emissions audits, which allowed Lafarge to switch from coal fuel to gas fuel, to ensure that emissions were significantly reduced when DEC performed their testing. That is not what regulation is about.

A second example is again reported by a reliable source, another sitting member of the Coeymans Town Board, Mr. Kenneth Burns, who reported that on the day after the elections, supervisor-elect McHugh, together with councilmen-elect Collins and Lefevre met with Lafarge hierarchy allegedly to discuss changes to the Coeymans Clean Air Law, changes that will apparently benefit industry not residents.

Why the opposition and why the meetings? Because in 1992, Coeymans passed the Solid Waste Law, which prohibited the transport of solid waste generated in the state of New York into the Town of Coeymans. In the meantime, Lafarge had attempted to circumvent that prohibition by secretly negotiating with entities in the state of Connecticut to transport waste from Connecticut facilities, including tires, for processing at the Coeymans Lafarge plant. Furthermore, between 1992-2018, Coeymans successfully prevented the creation of a landfills in Coeymans, and the current Crandall administration was instrumental in working with the City of Albany and the DEC to create from the wetlands which were earmarked by Mr. McHugh’s client, Carver Companies, for a landfill, a wildlife preserve.

The Coeymans Clean Air Law, which is substantively and substantially similar to the bill presently under consideration by your body, prohibited processing of more than 25 tons of waste in any 24-hour period, and further imposed continuous monitoring, real-time reporting, and adequately safe emissions limits. Mr. McHugh’s clients are not overly enamored with processing limits, monitoring, especially continuous and real time, much less with making that information available online to the public. Perish the thought of such impertinence and such an invasion of corporate autonomy and greed!

Please note for the record that according to reliable information, LafargeHolcim, for example, would have to process at 100-150 tons of tires, for example, for the process to be “economically feasible,” for them, but they would not be able to meet the emissions standards.

Hence the opposition by Mr. McHugh and his clients to the Clean Air Law; hence their opposition to any clean air law.

The conflicts and contradictions of our real-life example of Coeymans, McHugh, Lafarge, Carver Companies are real, current, and very relevant.

The Albany Times Union has run a number of articles on McHugh, his relationships, and on Carver Companies and their frequent conflicts with the DEC. Time does not permit me to go into detail but I would like to refer you to one particular article by Ms Laruen Stanforth, which appeared in the May 13, 2019 issue of the Times Union, and was entitled, “Is Coeymans Candidate too Close to Port Owner?[1] The answer is YES! And the reasons pointed out by Ms Stanforth are nothing less than shocking.[2]

In conclusion, ladies and gentlemen, I feel my point is made that corporations, industry, businesses, and their puppets cannot be trusted with self-regulation, and that their interests conflict with those of the public and with the public’s health and well-being. Unless our elected representatives bite the bullet and recall that they are public servants, not the servants of the captains of industry, and unless our elected officials and public servants take a non-partisan, uninterested stand on issues that affect the health and welfare not only of their own constituencies but also of communities far beyond our own county lines, unscrupulous greedy business will poison our air, our water, our soil, and most egregiously harm us and our children for generations to come.

This body must recognize this real and imminent threat to us all and pass this county-wide law to establish clean air standards for waste-burning facilities, and make Albany county the poster-child for progressive efforts aimed at the public’s continuing health. To do anything less would be to join the rank and file of the indifferent corporate mindset, and fly in the face of your duties and obligations to the public.

Thank you for your attention.

Notes:

[1] The Stanforth article is available at https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Is-Coeymans-candidate-too-close-to-port-owner-13828887.php.

[2] See the extensive reporting on this subject and the McHugh Comeback Team’s disinformation campaign on the Smalbany blog at https:// https://smalbanynewyork.wordpress.com/


It bears repeating that the vast majority of the comments made by the speakers reflected the thoughts shared in the comment above. It also bears repeating that the attendees at the hearing showed their rejection and disapproval of Daniel Baker and Dave Fletcher’s pitiful presentations against the proposed law.

Our impression is that Albany County will soon have a Clean Air Standards law regulating waste-burning facilities in Albany County. That law is almost word-for-word the Coeymans Clean Air Law passed by Town Supervisor Phil Crandall and the Coeymans Town Board under Crandall’s leadership.

The entire County of Albany has come forward in support of the Clean Air Law!

We can only say that Coeymans voters made fools of themselves and singled the Town out as being a complete loss to the corruption of the Comeback Team and their prostitution of themselves and the Town of Coeymans to the money and interests of Lafarge, Carver, and McHugh. The entire County of Albany has come forward in support of the very law so fiercely and deceptively opposed by George McHugh, Zachary Collins, Brendan Lefevre, Kenneth Burns, and to his devastating embarrassment, Daniel Baker, Dave Fletcher (Lafarge). McHugh and his masters would have to either accept or kill the Coeymans Clean Air Law; at the very least, they’d have to try to dilute it to the point of uselessness. But now Albany County has come forth and rejected McHugh and his masters; Albany County want’s clean air; Coeymans wants to be controlled by Lafarge and Carver Companies. When Albany County passes the Clean Air Law, McHugh and his masters are dead in the water; floaters like the turds they are! That may explain the interesting natural symbolism that Coeymans is at the very bottom of the County, and Ravena is almost off the map! Even on a map Coeymans seems to be a bottom-feeder, thanks to scoundrels like McHugh, his puppets, Daniel Baker, Kenneth Burns, LafargeHolcim, Carver Laraway, Billy Biers, and their mob.

Albany County will be a Clean Air County!
Isn’t it interesting that the Town of Coeymans is at the very bottom of the County? Good place for it!


Editor’s Comment: It is important for us all to recognize the fact that it was the voters of the Town of Coeymans, not the People of the Town of Coeymans who made the decisions on November 5, 2019. It is important to note that it was the supporters of the scandalous Comeback Team led by George McHugh and the neonazis of the Friends of Coeymans, Jeff Laquire, Nate Boomer, and Chris Hagen, and the intimidation and bullying and thuggery that they used at Coeymans town meetings that kept most voters at home on Election Day. It was the thuggery, bullying, and intimidation by the Comeback Team under George McHugh’s direction and with the money and support of destroyers-of-communities like Lafarge and Carver Laraway, and traitors, Judases like McHugh, Collins, Lefevre, Baker, and Burns, and those who support them, who have made Coeymans the subject of derision and mockery AGAIN. Shame AGAIN on Coeymans!

Bought and Paid For like Common Prostitutes!

The Coeymans Supervisor, George McHugh, and the Coeymans Town Board, Daniel Baker, Kenneth Burns, Zachary Collins, and Brendan Lefevre were not elected, they were bought and paid for like common prostitutes, by LafargeHolcim, Carver Companies (Carver Laraway, Port of Coeymans, Coeymans Industrial Park), and supported by neonazi-like groups like the Friends of Coeymans. Bought and Paid For like Common Prostitutes!

 

Coeymans: Poster-Child of the “Sick Community Syndrome.” Part V

Part V: Sick Community Syndrome Conclusion

Don’t let them do it!
Bite back!!!

Why do Abuse Victims Stay in a Sick Community?

We often find it too easy to put ourselves in the place of the victims and imagine caving in at the first signs of abuse, rather than examining the situation and how it came about, that is, what we have done to enable the situation and to empower the abusers.

A Sick Community Must First Confront The Problem Before You Can Expect Healing To Occur.

But breaking the vicious cycle of abuse is not simply a matter of crying victim, pointing fingers, and complaining. Restoring health to the community and eliminating abusers and their abuse is a process, just like any healing program. As in any disease situation, you must first confront the problem before you can expect healing to occur.

For most people who may never have been in the situation, it may be very difficult to understand how a community becomes a sick-community, how abusers become abusers, how victims of the abuse became victims, and why the entire situation of sick-community, abusers and abuse, and victims seem to coexist and to continue. But there are many complex reasons for such regrettably common situations. Not the least are the powerful cultural, societal, emotional and psychological forces, and the economic and financial factors that keep the victim tied to the abusers and to the sick community. The specific reasons for these situations vary from one community, from one abuser, from one victim to the next, and they usually involve a number of unique factors.

Knowing these factors does not justify the situation nor does it exonerate the community as a whole, the abusers, or the victims from their responsibilities to correct the situation and to restore health to the community.

Some psychological/emotional reasons for staying in a sick community:

  • The victim’s belief that the abuser will change because of their remorse and promises to stop abusing
  • The victim’s fear of the abuser who threatens expressly or implicitly to retaliate if the victim reports the abuse anyone
  • The lack of community support for the victim
  • The lack of community opposition to the abuse
  • The communal guilt and shame over the failure of the community
  • The victim’s attachment to the sick-community
  • the victim’s fear of making major life changes
  • The victim’s feeling of responsibility for the abuse
  • The victim’s feeling of helplessness, hopelessness and isolation
  • The victim’s belief that they may be the only one who can help the community with its problems

All Abuse is Violence.
With just a few minor changes, all of these fit abuse in the sick community.

Some situational reasons for staying in a sick community:

  • The victim’s financial and economic dependence on the abuser or the sick community
  • The victim’s fear of physical or psychological harm to themselves or their children
  • The victim’s concern that their children may suffer psychological, emotional, or social damage due to the loss of established relationships, even if the community is abusive
  • The victim’s lack of social or job skills
  • The victim’s fear of social isolation because the abusive community is the victim’s only support system
  • A lack of information regarding human and civil rights
  • The victim’s belief that law enforcement is indifferent to or complicit in the abuse
  • Distrust of the courts and administration of justice
  • Distrust of the political environment and government
  • Misinformation, disinformation, misinformation received through print and other media
  • Family and historical ties to an area or community
  • Local corruption obstructs and intimidates basic freedoms

Our Final Point:
NONE OF THE ABOVE ARE GOOD REASONS or EXCUSES WHY YOU SHOULD ACCEPT SICK-COMMUNITY ABUSE. WAKE UP AND RECLAIM YOUR LIFE!

The feeling when you’ve taken back control of your life!

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Coeymans: Poster-Child of the “Sick Community Syndrome.” Part IV

Some Practical Observations About Sick Communities

the abuse or violence of the sick community focuses on the weak and vulnerable

On a more practical note, there are many real reasons why victims in Abusive sick communities just can’t literally leave the situation or even avoid it effectively while remaining in the sick-community.

Basically, the abuse or violence of the sick community focuses on the weak and vulnerable, never on the rich and powerful. In other words, the abuse and violence of the sick community syndrome takes aim on the working class man and woman, their children, their property, their jobs, and on the elderly. That’s why the abuse and violence of the sick community syndrome is so evil!

When outsiders read about sick-communities, too many too often have the simplistic idea that the victims should just fight back or actually leave the sick-community. That’s much easier said than done.

The suggestion might even sound logical: Just throw in the towel and ignore the situation, deny it, don’t confront it and they’ll leave you alone. Just move on with your life – right? But when it comes to sick-community abuse, it’s never as easy as “just ignoring it” or “just walking away from it.” Now Coeymans knows from direct personal and historical experience that this approach NEVER works.

Just ignoring or leaving an abusive sick-community is hard for a great many reasons. We’d like to mention just a few that might make it easy to understand why a resident or victim of abuse might stay in the sick-community.

The community at large normalizes unhealthy, abusive or violent behavior so that residents and victims may not actually understand that their situation is unhealthy, abnormal, and abusive.

When you are made to think that unhealthy or abusive behavior is “normal” or acceptable, it’s becomes very difficult to admit that you live in an unhealthy, abusive, sick-community. If you don’t admit there’s a problem, you’ll never want to correct the situation. oregonfamily.com-Kids Worried Sick Oregon Family Magazine

Psychological and emotional abuse destroys the victim’s self-esteem, making the victim feel that it’s impossible to live any differently. Residents and victims in psychologically and emotionally abusive sick communities may not understand that they are actually being abused because there’s no “physical” violence involved. Victims will often dismiss or deny psychological or emotional abuse because they don’t think it’s as evil or unacceptable as physical abuse. It’s hard for those in abusive sick-communities situations to even think of change after they’ve continuously been told they’re unable to change things or made to feel marginalized that there’s no better option for themselves. When a community has low self-respect, low self-esteem, economic depression and exploitation usually follows on the heels of psychological and emotional abuse. In our example, Coeymans, NY, we are observing that happening right now.

Human beings tend to be resilient. Victims tend to try to bounce back after trauma, and so the “Cycle of Abuse” begins: after every abusive incident comes a plateau phase where the victim recoups and tries to stabilize. There may also be a “honeymoon phase” when things seem to just become better again, the bright morning after the dark night. All too frequently, after the violence or abuse is done, the abuser follows up with something nice like a community social event, a neighborly gesture, or promises that things will be better. This strategy has the effect that their victims minimize the original violence or abusive behavior, and the abuser gets away with the abuse.

  1. It’s very risky, even downright dangerous to leave a sick-community. Leaving a community, sick or healthy, is similar to a bereavement situation: it is psychologically, psychosocially, emotionally, socially, economically, physically challenging. The only way to reduce the trauma of leaving a sick-community is to have a solid plan for preparing to leave, leaving, and what is to be done after the leaving. Just leaving is tantamount to courting disaster.
  2. Even if there were no conditioning involved, it’s very difficult to get out of the vicious cycle of control. Victims in abusive sick communities may attempt to break the control cycle, to fight back, even to consider leaving the community a number of times before the final decision is made. Statistics based on domestic abuse situations have shown that, on average, a victim in an abusive relationship will attempt to leave 7 times before finally leaving for good. The same findings may well apply to victims in sick-communities. What we do know is that the children of victims of sick-community abuse more often than not leave the sick-community, finding better conditions and opportunities elsewhere. This results in the sick-community becoming even sicker, more economically depressed, and generally populated by those who cannot leave, even if they wanted to.
  3. Many people have been conditioned to think that the popular attitude of a ride-or-die mindset is acceptable. It is not. Those in unhealthy or abusive communities might choose to remain in the sick-community or even to return to it after actually leaving, because they feel pressure to not give up, forgive and forget or pressure to “ride it out.” Victims may also feel guilt and shame for having abandoned friends and relatives in the sick community, and feel the need to right the wrong by returning.
  4. Again, the victim may feel personally responsible for the abuse they’re receiving. After a conflict, an abuser will turn the situation around and make the victim feel guilty or as though they were somehow at fault. This type of behavior is known as gaslighting, and is particularly conspicuous after political elections, when the prevailing group uses their victory to shame the other group.

The Coeymans Gaslighters

The goal of the gaslighter is to make the victim doubt themselves. Gaslighting abuse causes a person to lose their sense of identity, perception, and worth. Gaslighting is a form of narcissism and sociopathic tendencies as they look to gain power over someone.


  1. Hope springs eternal, and many victims believe that if they stick it out, things might change for the better. Many victims choose to remain in their abusive sick-communities love their homes, they are historically rooted in the community, they love the area, and have hope that things will get better. In some situations, victims may believe their abuser’s behavior is due to challenging times or feel as though they can persuade their abuser to change if they are a more understanding citizen themselves. The reality is that you should never tolerate an abusive situation in which you rely on an abuser to change their behavior for the better.
  2. There is social, political, and psychological pressure to create the perfect community. In our local communities, there is constant pressure to envision some kind of ultra-positive change and the perfect community. While most mature human beings will recognize this as unattainable, but the majority of victims succumb to political and media hype that only perpetuates and accentuates this fallacy.
  3. What will the neighbors think and anxiety about how others will react, is a frequent concern. People in abusive sick-communities will often feel embarrassed to admit that their community is sick, unhealthy, and abusive. They fear being judged, blamed, shamed, marginalized, pitied or looked down on by outsiders. They tend to fear outsiders and to devalue outsiders’ opinions or observations, even though the outsider may see the real situation more clearly than those sitting in the middle of the muck.
  4. Community, even for victims in an abusive sick community, means sharing life together. Marriage, children, and shared friends and life activities are often very compelling reasons that keep victims in abusive sick-communities, and why they stay in them. This dependency on a status quo prevents victims from severing established ties to seek a better situation and positive change. The status quo is comfortable; after all, it will seem like the new normal if the victim is just patient.

    “Anxiety becomes a problem when it affects quality of life and interferes with the activities you normally enjoy.

    “Some symptoms of anxiety disorder include panic attacks, sleep problems, heart palpitations, chest pain, muscle tension, unexplained uneasiness, dizziness and cold, sweaty, numb or tingling hands or feet.

    “We’d all prefer to avoid situations that make us uncomfortable. The trouble is if we don’t participate in activities because we’re scared of failing or because they make us nervous, we can’t grow more self-confident and resilient.

    “According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), when we avoid stressful situations, we reinforce anxiety and end up feeling more demoralized.” [Sandy Kauten, Kids Worried Sick]


While there are many, many reasons that influence the victim’s decision to remain in an abusive sick-community, and while there are many ways to cope with the abuse, without actually eliminating it, there are important considerations to be made.

Denial is not an option; nor is blaming. Denial is the refusal to accept reality; avoidance is accepting the situation but avoiding it. Blaming is a form of avoidance of responsibility, tagging someone else with the responsibility. Then there is the problem of judgment. Judgment requires analysis and discretion; in order to exercise judgement whether good or bad, a person must perceive a situation and the factors at large. Depending on the person’s perceptions, his or her judgment may be “good” or “bad.” But judgment of any kind is conditional and relative; judgment depends on a number of complex factors.

One thing is certain: there is a vast difference between judgment and responsibility. While we can say with some certainty that a victim’s decision to stay in an abusive sick community or to accept the abuse in the hope of improvement is a case of bad judgment, we cannot say with certainty that the victim is responsible for the abuse, the unhealthy community, or for the failure of the community to improve. Because a victim chooses to be complacent in the face of abuse, it does not follow directly they are responsible, or asking, for the abuse perpetrated against them, but it does seem clear that they do bear much of the responsibility for the unhealthy community and the abuse that they suffer, even that they may sometimes be asking for it. Only you can decide.


Sources::

These sources discuss domestic violence and abuse but with some simple word substitutions, and with some minor changes, they describe the “Sick Community” abuse and violence situation perfectly.

  1. Myths & Facts about Domestic Violence | Domestic Violence Intervention Program, http://www.dvipiowa.org/myths-facts-aboutdomestic-violence/, last accessed on November 12, 2019
  2. http://www.standffov.org/statistics/, last accessed on November 12, 2019.
  3. Center for Family Justice, https://centerforfamilyjustice.org/faq/domestic-violence/, last accessed on November 12, 2019
  4. Sandy Kauten, Kids Worried Sick at Oregon Family, last accessed on November 15, 2019.

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Coeymans: Poster-Child of the “Sick Community Syndrome.” Part III

Societal Obstacles that Impair Movement Away from Sick-Community Violence and Abuse.

Individual obstacles may be complicated by societal hurdles, further impairing the victim’s ability to confront, distance themselves, or even leaving the sick-community abuse. Some societal barriers include:

  1. The victim’s concern about being called a coward or not defending his or her rights, or avoiding responsibilities.
  2. Concern about a decline in quality of life for themselves and their children.
  3. Reinforcement of counselors of “saving” the community relationships at all costs, rather than pursuing the goal of stopping the violence and abuse.
  4. Indifference of law enforcement who may treat violence and abuse as a “personal dispute,” instead of a crime where one person is harassing or another person. All too often, it is the victim of abuse who is reprimanded, even arrested and charged by law enforcement, even if they are only defending themselves against the abuser.
  5. Frequently law enforcement personnel discourage or make it unnecessarily difficult for the victim to make a complaint or file charges against the abuser. Some law enforcement personnel may dismiss or downplay the abuse, side with the abuser, or may not take the victims report of the violence or abuse seriously.
  6. Reluctance or outright refusal by prosecutors to prosecute cases. Some may advise the abuser to plead guilty to a lesser charge, depriving the victim of the full protection of the law, and possibly placing the victim at increased risk of retaliation.
  7. The situation may be even worse in small communities, where local non-professional judges have personal, political, or financial reasons not to impose appropriate sentences on convicted abusers. Probation or a fine, even outright dismissal is much more common in local justice courts.
  8. Even despite prosecution and judgment, there is very little to prevent an abuser from retaliation or changing the abuse strategy.
  9. Despite public awareness of the sick-community situation and the increased availability of information identifying abuse and abusers in a sick-community, victims rarely confront the situation to improve their lot.
  10. In many sick-communities, over time, residents begin to adopt the mindset that  they themselves are responsible for making their situation what it is. Their sense of failure to maintain their dignity and improve their relationships equals failure as a person.
  11. Isolation from neighbors, friends and families, either through the actual abuser’s conduct, or because the victim feels guilty or ashamed for putting up with the abuse. The victim then may attempt to conceal signs of the effects of the abuse from others; the social or self-imposed isolation contributes to a sense that there is nowhere to turn.
  12. The feeling of impotence causes the victim to try to find reasons to justify the abuser’s violence; the victim rationalizes that the abuser’s behavior is caused by genuine ideology, conviction, desire for change, promotion of economic interests, or other factors.
  13. Societal and cultural factors condition persons to believe their identities and feelings of self-worth are contingent upon acceptance by the community majority, even if it is a sick-community majority.
  14. One of the most scandalous and insidious of obstacles that the sick community faces is disinformation, bullying, intimidation, and discouragement by the powers to be and their supporters, who can seize and maintain control only by ongoing and constant suppression of the natural rights of the community members. Locally, we can point to the Friends of Coeymans —a local Coeymans group organized and run by Jeff LaQuire, Nate Boomer, and Chris Hagen, and supported by the George McHugh group and his business interests —and their followers, who deploy what can be characterized as neonazi tactics to intimidate and isolate residents.

Friends of the Friends of Coeymans

Inconsistency of violence and abuse; during non-abuse phases, the abuser may fulfill the victim’s vision of harmony and community. The victim may also rationalize the abuser is basically good until the situation changes and the abuser reveals their true agenda.

Key Components of Social Justice in Our Communities

But the good news and hope is that victims retain their power of self-determination and independence, regardless of what the abusers in the sick community think, say, or do. This is because the victims, although persuaded by the abusers to accept the role of victims, are not in fact victims at all! As already stated, they are playing the role of victim, and they can leave any role at any time, because roles are fictitious and good only temporarily. But you can’t cure what you refuse to confront!

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Coeymans: Poster-Child of the “Sick Community Syndrome.” Part II

Escape from the abusers and their abuse is not the case in all communities. As was conspicuous and obvious, the abusers repeatedly go to extremes to prevent the victim from taking action or garnering support. In fact, confronting an abuser is the most dangerous time for victims of community violence.

There’s a great many similarities shared by victims of sick communities and victims of domestic violence, as we’ll show in this multi-part article. In fact, one study found in interviews with persons who were involved in violence against their partners that either threats of action by their partner or actual action were most often the precipitating events that lead to the violence.

Violence is any Human Action that Causes Harm to the Life or Dignity of Another Person.

Think about this: Most Christian denominations teach doctrines of Social Justice, which includes concepts of fair and just relations between the individual and society, and moral custodianship of the environment.. Social Justice is measured by the explicit and tacit terms for the distribution of wealth, opportunities for personal activity, and social privileges, and relationship with the rest of creation. Social justice covers a wide range of definitions, so I’ll refer you to What is “Social Justice”? – A collection of definitions.

We all work hard and strive for what we understand to be social justice, at least we want to appear to be doing that. Right? So what must we think when we have elected officials who stand up before the public, at Town Board meetings, and invoke the name of God and Jesus Christ, praying for guidance and inspiration during the meeting — while praying to an inanimate object, the flag, in a pledge of allegiance, a form of idolatry —. Isn’t that hypocrisy in its most visible, most toxic form? (Am I thinking of Kenneth Burns, the Coeymans town councilman who publicly stands up an offers public prayer before the Coeymans Town Board proceeds to Town business? And isn’t Mr Burn’s a supporter of the Coeymans Comeback Team, recently elected to Town Supervisor and now dominating the Coeymans Town Board? Mr Burns, along with his Republican colleagues, represents the worst blasphemy and hypocrisy locally available!)

Social Justice is also a Victim in the Sick Community.

Understand what Violence and Abuse is!

It’s important to understand that violence does not have to be physical to be violence, but all violence is traumatic and abusive. For our purposes we define violence as as any human action that causes harm to the life or dignity, or the rights and pursuit of happiness of another person. For example, while violence may take physical forms, it may be inflicted through verbal abuse, psychological tactics including intimidation, bullying, violation of social boundaries, and degrading a person or a group, or harassment in its many forms. Violence can also take the form of manipulation, either through word or deed.

Violence and abuse are frequently used interchangeably, and for general purposes that’s perfectly OK. But to be clear, we’d like to suggest that abuse includes not only physical abuse, but verbal abuse, emotional and psychological abuse, social abuse, and even sexual abuse. While some violence is morally sanctioned, such as in so-called just war or even self-defense, abuse is never justified in the moral or ethical senses.

Violence may also include gender abuse. Violence and abuse represent the most obvious — and effective — ways a person or a group can establish power and control over others. The violence and abuse is intended to seize and maintain control over the victim, and limits or removes the victims ability to make personal choices, their access to resources or services, or deprives them of their dignity, autonomy, or self-determination.’

When we use the term “victim” we mean any person or group of persons who are subjected to any form of violence or abuse. In other words, a victim may be an individual person, a group of persons, a part of an entire community, or an entire community, even a nation.

How did one small town, Coeymans, manage to get so many schizoids, liars, blasphemers, and hypocrites?

It is not uncommon to find media, especially local or regional media such as radio, television, Internet information sources, and law enforcement aiding and abetting the abusers, further depriving the victims of access to reliable information and to equal protections under the law. But information abuse is a particularly insidious and loathsome form of abuse, because it deprives the victims of reliable and factual information upon which to base their important personal and community decisions. Misinformation, disinformation, malinformation, and lies are all forms of abuse, and they are also a form of violence because they harm people and their dignitay as human beings.

Why, then, do victims accept such oppression, deprivation, and why do they stay in such a situation?

A victim’s reasons for allowing a violent and abusive situation to continue, for remaining in that situation, and allowing their abusers to continue their violence and abuse are extremely complex and, in most cases, are based on the reality that their abuser will follow through with the real of perceived threats or actions they have used to keep their victims trapped: the victim fears that abuser has the power to cause harm to them or those close to them. The harm doesn’t have to be physical harm, although it can lead to that, but may take the form of labeling, isolation, bullying of the victims’ children, harm to pets, financial or economic harm, deprivation of services normally provided to residents such as police protection, injustice in the courts, etc. The list of violence and abuse can go on and on, but you get the point.

As in domestic violence situations, the victims of sick community abuse know their abuser, they’re neighbors or former friends, and the victim fully knows the extent to which they will go to make sure they have and can maintain control over the victim. The victim literally may not be able to safely escape or protect themselves, their loved ones, their friends, or their jobs and property. Again, referring to a domestic violence study of intimate partner homicides found 20% of homicide victims were not the domestic violence victims themselves, but family members, friends, neighbors, persons who intervened, law enforcement or first responders, or even innocent bystanders!

Obstacles to Escaping Sick-Community Violence and Abuse

Some obstacles to escaping sick-community violence and abuse that you might want to give some thought to include:

  • The fear and anxiety that the abuser’s behavior and actions will become more violent and abusive the victim opposes them or fights back.
  • Unsupportive neighbors, friends and public servants; neighbors and friends may avoid supporting the victim, especially if law enforcement and public servants are part of the problem or are indifferent to the situation.
  • Knowledge of the difficulties of living apart from the majority and possible reduced financial opportunities, even loss of livelihood.
  • The victim feeling that the situation in the sick community is a mix of good times, support and hope, even though there is the looming threat of manipulation, intimidation and fear.
  • The victim’s lack of information about or access to safety and support services, a situation that is frequently caused by and aided by the abusers.
  • The victim’s ignorance of his civil and guaranteed rights under the Constitution and laws.
  • Fear that the abuser, the members of the abusing group, or even the children of the abusers will physically abuse, bully, or otherwise harm the victims’ children
  • Lack of means to defend themselves and/or their children or lack of access to support services.
  • Nowhere else to go, no local friends or family to help, insufficient financial resources to leave the violence or abuse situation.
  • Fear that hardship may be their only option for themselves and their loved ones if they leave
  • Belief in community relationships, and that stability, friends, schools, organizations, neighborhoods, etc. are better for children, despite abuse

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