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Stupid is as Stupid Does: Freakasaurus in our front yards!

Yup, The Inbreeding is Showing: Stupid is as Stupid Does

Please don’t waste our time with your stupid attempts to demonstrate your stupidity.

You are a Freakasaurus and the Smalbany Blog reports on freakasaurs; we do not publish freakasaurian bullshit.[1]

This is what to look for. Sometimes that actually look and act almost human.

As our more intelligent readers can appreciate, being a pubic forum and allowing public comment we get all kinds of visitors. Add to that the fact that we publish our email so that it’s easier for readers and informants to contact us. As you might expect, there are plenty of freaks who will abuse any and all opportunities.

Smalbany deals only in verifiable facts. Sometimes we get them by simply requesting the information, other times we have to use the Freedom of Information Laws to get the information. We interview informants to make certain they are real people and that they have real information. Only then do we go ahead with our investigations and finally, we publish what we find.


But, as we mentioned above, there are plenty of freaks out there and we’d like to share just one example of one who tried to pass off what the freak thought would be bait. It failed miserably. But that’s not to say that we didn’t give the freakasaurus a chance to come through, as you’ll read below.

Note that in the interest of protecting the innocent, we have redacted any information that would have the potential of identifying the persons concerned. That is our standing policy until the facts are confirmed: at Smalbany, you are innocent until the facts indicate your guilt.

Here’s the original message from a freakasaurus calling him/herself “small[redacted]@gmail.com”:

Someone from [redacted] and  [redacted]’s inner circle is paying to have the criminal records of them published as new on the internet and she is going to make flyers that [redacted] and [redacted] are the publishers of this website. She is actively getting the DEC involved to pursuit prosecution and getting the ATF to get a search warrant and pursue prosecution. Just a heads up and GOOD LUCK!!!

Freakasaurus actually expected us to bite at the bait. Instead we responded:

“Thank you very much for your tip; we appreciated hearing from you and would like to comment below.

“First of all, if you have information about a possible or a real conspiracy to harm Mr and Mrs [redacted], then you have a moral duty to inform them of your suspicions or of the facts you might have in that regard. We gather from your message that you are at least familiar with them and would know how to contact them with the information or “Heads up!” as you call it.

To leave them vulnerable to some scoundrel without letting them know the facts is immoral; we hope you will take appropriate steps.

“Second, let me clarify one fact: Neither Mr or Mrs [redacted] have any connection whatsoever with this site. They certainly do not own or write for Smalbany nor to they contribute to any of the content. So let’s put that tidbit to rest now and for ever.

“Thirdly, the information you provide anonymously is too vague to be of any use to us. If you have names, we need names. If you have facts, we need those facts. If you are familiar with this site, and it would appear you are, you certainly know that we don’t just publish speculation or common gossip. We need names and facts, and we will do our own fact-finding and verification.

“If you are really interested in getting the word out about some local dumbass with an axe to grind, please share details with us that we can verify.

“You write that “[S]he is actively getting the DEC involved to pursuit prosecution and getting the ATF to get a search warrant and pursue prosecution,” so we at least can guess that the villain in this story is a woman. That’s a start.

“Please provide us with details, what “inner circle” is it that you are referring to, what “criminal records,” how would the DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation???) be involved in such a plot, and Why? the ATF? You obviously know more than you are sharing, and we would be grateful if you would share more.

“First things first: If you feel that this is a genuine conspiracy to harm the [redacted]s, you MUST inform them even if it has to be anonymously. We cannot do that for you unless we have more to go on.

“Thanks once again and we hope to hear back from you soon. Please note that we do not publish the names of informants and any information provided is subject to verification or editing. Apart from the facts and the names of the individuals plotting this alleged conspiracy, you will remain a confidential informant.”

We think that was a very decent response, don’t you? And we’ve given Freakasaurus several days to get back to us but s/he has not done so. We have to consider the “tip” to be bogus.

Given the fact that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is probably one of the most corrupt departments in New York State government apart from the Executive Chambers (Office of the Governor) and the New York State Assembly and Senate, we wouldn’t wonder for a New York minute that the DEC could be involved in something so shadowy, so nefarious, so stupid as to get involved in a silly-ass conspiracy. But the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms)?!?! Freakasaurus has a very vivid, if not pathological imagination.

ATF agents “protecting” us.

The ATF has to be as big a joke as the DEC!!! According to the ATF website,

ATF is a law enforcement agency in the United States’ Department of Justice that protects our communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products.”  [emphasis provided] [Source: https://www.atf.gov/, last accesed on July 22, 2019)

We have the Russian mafia in our front yards and the ATF is worried about “diversion of alcohol and tobacco products.”

Now that had to be one of the biggest jokes since Laurel and Hardy were dancing across the Silver Screen! So, the ATF is going to protect our communities “from violent criminals, criminal organizations, and illegal use and trafficking of firearms…and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products.” Well, that’s certainly what we all needed, another law enforcement agency to “protect” us. Yeah, they’re going to protect us from “criminals, criminal organizations…terrorism…and illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products,” while they’re building pot factories in our back yard that are very probably funded by the Russian mob and a Russian mobster!!! We have the Russian mafia in our front yards and the ATF is worried about “diversion of alcohol and tobacco products.” We have the Russian mafia in our back yards and the DEC is ignoring the contaminants and pollution being caused by Carver Companies and their dumping. You simply cannot make this stuff up, people! Either the DEC and the ATF have gone nutz or Freakasaurus thinks we all came down with the last shower. Maybe both.

Sgt Joe Friday and Officer Bill Gannon (Dragnet) rescue a Coeymans local from a DEC trap.

“How’d such shit-for-brains ever get beyond the evolutionary reject line?”

Given the amount of time and energy we spend getting information, responding to informants, following up on tips, and investigating, not to mention the writing and layout of the articles, we a justifiably pissed when some reptilian-brained freak wastes our reading time with such crap. But unfortunately this area is lousy with such remarkably stupid types that it would be hopeless to wish them to become extinct. The place would be a cemetery, a boneyard.

So, just look around yourself when you’re next in Shop’n Save, PriceChopper, a local yard sale, or even in one of our local churches and think to yourself, “How’d such shit-for-brains ever get beyond the evolutionary reject line?” But some did and they’re breeding locally.

[1] A freakasaurus is a freak of nature, a creature that did not have the good sense to go extinct 60 million years ago, and continues to walk the earth with only a primitive reptilian brain. They are caprophages (syn. scatophage, “shit-eaters”) and thrive in their local habitat. The only known habitats for the surviving mutant species are in the Albany County region — particularly in the city of Albany, Albany County Offices and state capitol offices —Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk region, and Northeastern corner of Greene County (Town of New Baltimore), while the brooding facility is maintained at the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District elementary, middle, and high schools.

Yes, Freakasaurus does exist. It was first used on StarTrek Voyager, Series 2 (1996):

 
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Russian Mafia in Our Back Yards?

Does the Carver Laraway-Boris Jordan-George McHugh Connection Mean We Now Have the Eurasian Mob on our Doorstep?

The Russian Mafia, known in Russia as Bratva, the “brotherhood”, has been around since the Tzar’s days, but up to about the 90s was fairly limited to muscling businessmen and in the protection/extortion racket, and black markets. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the so-called Russian mob was expanded to include ruthless criminals from areas like Chechnia, Ukraine, and other areas until it became more appropriate to call them the Eurasian mob.

The Eurasian mob has been involved in everything from Russian industry, banking and insurance, vice and corruption, to collaborating with other criminal groups like the drug cartels in Central and South America, and even financing and providing guns to the South Italian mafia, the Camorra.

Louis Freeh, former director of the FBI, said that the Russian mafia posed the greatest threat to U.S. national security in the mid-1990s. In August 2010, Alain Bauer, a French criminologist, said that it “is one of the best structured criminal organizations in Europe, with a quasi-military operation.” It’s only gotten worse.

One example is Vyacheslav “Yaponchik” Ivankov, who was sent to Brighton Beach (NY) in 1992, allegedly because he was killing too many people in Russia and also to take control of Russian organized crime in North America. Within a year, he built an international operation that included, but was not limited to, narcotics, money laundering, and prostitution and made ties with the American Mafia and Colombian drug cartels, eventually extending to Miami, Los Angeles, and Boston. Those who went against him were usually killed.

Question: If Ivankov was a well-known organized crime figure and undesirable in his own country, Russia, how did he manage to get into the United States??? Who paid whom off? Where was our national security organization at the time? Where is our national security, Homeland Security, the FBI, now?

On June 7, 2017, 33 Russian mafia affiliates and members of the Russian mob were arrested and charged by the FBI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and NYPD for extortion, racketeering, illegal gambling, firearm offenses, narcotics trafficking, wire fraud, credit card fraud, identity theft, fraud on casino slot machines using electronic hacking devices; based in Atlantic City and Philadelphia, murder-for-hire conspiracy and cigarette trafficking.

On 19 February 2018, 18 defendants, members of the Russian mob, were accused of laundering over $62 million through real estate, including with the help of Vladislav Reznik, former chairman of Rosgosstrakh; one of Russia’s largest insurance companies. The Russian mob is involved in everything from real estate to banking to aluminum refining companies in Kentucky. (See the article, “Russian organized crime operates just about everywhere” by G. W. Abersold Ph.D. – March 13, 2018). Have they now found a home in Coeymans, a guest of Carver Laraway, at the so-called Coeymans Industrial Park. Will Coeymans be renamed “Russia on the Hudson?

Even the Times of Israel published an article, “US targets ‘Thieves-in-Law,’ Russian mafia royalty” (23 December 2017) and writes, “Washington seems to be confirming that the threat posed by the fabled “Russian mafia” from the former Soviet republics is a more organized one than previously supposed.” Gee! Didn’t you know that?

Russian Mob in Your Back Yard!

Well, Guess What? The Russian mob may be right in your back yard, in the Coeymans Industrial Park, in the grey building with no visible sign identifying what’s going on inside, the very building that houses the Curaleaf marijuana growing and processing operation headed by none other than Russian businessman, Boris Alexei Jordan, who is working in partnership with Carver Laraway and his lackey George McHugh.

This is the Curaleaf facility in the Coeymans Industrial Park
No sign on the building. You’d never find it if you were looking for Curaleaf. We identified it by the many vents on the building and a tiny sign on a door mentioning “Curaleaf Security.” We later confirmed with an employee outside the building.

Boris Jordan likes to talk about how he almost single-handedly turned the Russian economy, including banking and industry, around in Russia. But the boy-wonder, Boris Alexei Jordan, has only a B.A. from New York University, not very impressive credentials for a veritable miracle worker. So how does a guy with only an undergrad degree get to Russia and just start reorganizing things? There’s got to be more, much more to this story than meets the eye. We think we know what it is, too.

Jordan thinks we all came down with the last shower, it seems. Does he and his pals Carver Laraway and George McHugh really think we believe he’d get anything done in Russia without the backing of the powerful Russian mafia and Putin, who himself is closely connected with the Russian mob and mob money? Does Jordan, who blatantly admits that “business is done differently in Russia than it is in the USA,” and that bribery is an accepted way of doing business there, think we’re all stupid?

The Russian Bear Loves Dollar$!

Our question is also this: If he didn’t have mob connections and didn’t work with the Russian mafia and Putin’s crew, how did he stay alive over there? The answer is easy: He worked with them. They had him in their pockets.

It’s no secret that the Eurasian mob is getting more sophisticated and has entered the banking, insurance industries, and even aluminum refining in Kentucky. Jordan himself admits that now that billionaire bucks have bought off the United States government and legislatures, that pot is a major growth industry and a huge market. Jordan has carved out a chunk of that market and want’s us to believe that he’s the genius behind it all. He’s the front man, maybe, but he’s no genius and it’s not Jordan who’s behind it all.

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies in the United States have been aware of this growing problem since at least the 1990’s if not the 1970s but have done remarkably little to slow down the mob’s growth in the United States or even to keep their kingpins out of the country. We really should be asking Why?

In a Connecting Heights (PBS) interview, the interview starts out with a bit of background:

Boris Jordan was a key figure in Russia’s economic transition to capitalism in the early ’90s, assisting in the launch of the Russian stock market and the privatization of state assets. Later appointed chief executive of Russia’s Gazprom Media as well as general director of its NTV television network, Jordan was forced to resign in early 2003 under political pressure.

But there’s one key bit of information we haven’t shared: Boris Alexei Jordan is an American of Russian parentage. You see, his people emigrated from Russia after the revolution. He admits he grew up in a strongly Russian traditional home, went to Russian school, and he even speaks fluent Russian. According the interview transcript, Jordan says:

I was very interested in Russia. My family came from this country. I was educated in the United States at home as a Russian. I had a Russian education on Saturdays for Russian language and Russian history. My university education was based on U.S.-Soviet diplomacy.

[Editor’s Note: This is a bit confusing because at one point Jordan says his education was based on “Russian diplomacy” and a couple of breaths later says that his background was “Russian finance.” The man can’t keep his story straight.]

We also find it interesting that Boris Jordan entered the Russian economic scene in the 1990’s, a time when the Russian state was in a turmoil and the Russian mob was seizing the opportunity of a country in chaos to get its fangs into very vulnerable and influential business sectors. They obviously needed a plan and needed one fast: Enter Boris Alexei Jordan and a small team of other opportunists. You don’t just step in because a bunch of patriots invite you in, not in Russia. The mob doesn’t just let some hungry wannabe waltz in and take over what was theirs to claim. Jordan had to have mob support or he was a dead man.

One clue about the sinister connections is a statement made by Jordan in an interview, when he talks about setting shop in the Metropol Hotel in Moscow:

We literally had to come in on a weekly basis with a suitcase of $25,000 or $50,000, or $100,000 in cash to just finance this whole operation and put it together.

Jordan describes how he got things done, avoiding the word “bribe” and replacing it with “incentivize,” according to Jordan: Where’d he get the suitcases of money he was talking about in his interviews? Santa Claus? The Easter Bunny?

Where’d the suitcases of money come from? The United States has laws and rules concerning how much money leaves the country and Russia certainly has rules about the sources and destinations of US$. Where’d the money come from, Mr Jordan?

Was it Easter Bunny money in the suitcases?

In the end it was a very old, simple process that got these guys to agree. We had to basically, I wouldn’t say bribe, but incentivize them by giving them stock.

Shakespeare wrote: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet?” In other words, a rose would smell just as sweet if you called it a cabbage. Well, bribery by any other name smells just as bad. Whether you call a bribe and incentive or not, it’s still a bribe. Sorry, Boris.

Doesn’t matter whether it’s in the Kremlin, Cuomo’s office, the NY state Senate or Assemby, or in Washington D.C., or George McHugh’s or Michael Biscone’s office.
It’s still bribery.

At another point in the same interview, Jordan responds:

“There’s an argument that I’ve compromised principles somehow by trying to adjust to doing business in the Russian environment…If you’re going to operate within this environment, if you’re going to have an impact on changing it, you can’t do it overnight. You can’t come in here and say, “For God’s sake, you have to follow the U.S. laws on securities for these operations.” You can’t do that. It’s just impossible…I’ve created a way of life for myself here [in Russia]. I’m living here with my family and my children for a very long period of time, and I intend to continue to live here. We are participants in an evolution and a change in this country…I’d love to change this country in two, three years, but I don’t want to make it look like the United States because, frankly, this country has tremendous things that are different from the United States.” [Emphasis provided]

That interview was conducted by PBS “Commanding Heights,” on October 3, 2000; Jordan was 33 at the time. There’s a lot going on in that background but we’ll gloss over it for now. Trust us when we say that it all supports our contention that Jordan is part of something much bigger and much more sinister than just growing pot.

We found another site that tells the story of how Boris Jordan does business. It’s a real eye-opener so do yourself a favor and read the article by Bill Browder, an American investor, “A true story of high finance, murder and my fight for justice in Putin’s Russia,” in which Jordan is a key figure.

American Investor Bill Browder, at war with Boris Jordan

Jordan was fired from his positions at Gazprom and NTV while in Russia. Apparently he stepped on Putin’s toes and had to go. Read the New York Times report at “American Financier Is Fired as Head of Russian TV Network,” Putin was angered by Jordan’s publishing premature reports of Russian troop movements responding to a Chechen terrorist attack on a Moscow theater that left 129 hostages dead. Jordan thought the report was ”exceptionally well done.” Putin’s response was, “journalists should not ply their trade ”on the blood of your own citizens — if, of course, those who do this consider these citizens to be their own.” The remark was widely seen as a jab at  Jordan and a NTV journalist, Savik Shuster, a Canadian citizen. Jordan’s operation gets 129 people killed and Jordan thinks it was “exceptionally well done.” Disgusting.

The Russian MobBoris Alexei JordanHis American Whores (Carver Laraway/George McHugh) relaxing together.

In one interview with CNBC he openly talks about getting US laws changed. Now how do you think he gets that little tidbit done? He also says that the Candadian market for pot isn’t big enough; its the US that is the target. Does that get your gray matter fired up yet?

Our research has shown that more is written about him in Russian than in English. In fact, credibility is an issue here, and there’s an awful lot about Boris Alexei Jordan that is in-credible. But make no mistake about it: Boris Alexei Jordan is 200% Russian.

For an interesting perspective, see the article “How Russia Prepared Renaissance Capital Co-Founder Boris Jordan For The Cannabis Industry” by Javier Hasse and Alex Oleinic , Benzinga contributors.

But all of that aside, we have to seriously ask ourselves where our elected and public officials were when all of this was in the planning and ultimately got approved by someone. We’re thinking especially of those closest to us and our children, those elected officials and public servants in whom we place our trust to make good decisions and to protect us:

  • Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Central School District & Board of Education: When they’re not spending tax dollar wildly or evading paying taxes, where were they when the Town of Coeymans was considering this pot growing and processing facility? Of all the public servants, we’d have expected our kids’ educators to have chimed in at some point along the line. But they don’t care about anything but their own interests and their pensions.
  • The Coeymans Town Board and the Ravena Village Board: Where were the public comment sessions and were were the town and village officials while all this was being hatched? Weren’t they elected to protect the public’s best interests? Instead they put out the Welcome Mat to a Russian billionaire, his American whores, and the Russian mob. Great job!
  • Where were the Churches?!? All the Jesus Loves You! freaks. All the Bible Thumpers! All the Faith and Family Values hypocrites? All the good church-goers that fill the church parking lots for 45 minutes every Sunday? Where were your pastors, your priests, your bishops, your deacons and elders when all of this was happening?
  • Law Enforcement: Yeah, we know: All we can do is enforce the law! Poor excuse, dudes! Are you a bunch of brainless manikins? A bunch of remote controlled robots who get reprogrammed every time the politicians conjure up some hare-brained scheme? Just a couple of years ago, we recall and so do you, you and our corrupt judges were ruining peoples’ lives for a dime-bag of pot. Now you’re right in the middle of the corruption protecting the industrial pot-growers? If that isn’t an example of public corruption and the mob at work, what is. Can you defend yourselves?
  • But the worst bunch are the state and federal legislators, the people some voters put in the New York State Assembly and the Senate, and the US House of Reps and US Senate. They’re the biggest failures, disappointments and criminals because they are the real Whores of Babylon, it’s that bunch of elitists who sold us out. They took mob money to legalize another drug plague. They criminalized tobacco, an American addiction, only to legalize marijuana, a foreign addiction. They all should be tried as traitors!
  • And our final accusation is against YOU! Where were you when all of this was going on? Probably watching some sick sitcom like Mike and Molly while the rest of us were out voting, exercising one of our most important rights. It was your responsibility, your duty, your obligation to safeguard your children, their community, and their future. You FAILED! Your children’s blood is on your hands. We’ll be there to remind you when catastrophe strikes, if it hasn’t done already.

Moscow on the Hudson

Kremlin and Red Square (Moscow), Law Office of George McHugh (Old Ravena News Herald Building), Coeymans Industrial Park, the News Herald Offices (the former George McHugh law offices). Moscow will soon be in Coeymans via the Coeymans Industrial Park!

 
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And speaking of misinformation, Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed. The actual resolution of independence was made on July 2, 1776, by the Second Continental Congress in a closed session. So why July 4th? The declaration resolution was publicized on July 4, 1776. In 1781, the Massachusetts General Court became the first state legislature to recognize July 4 as a state celebration. But it wasn’t until 1870 that the U.S. Congress made Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees, and only in 1938 did Congress change Independence Day to a paid federal holiday; in 1941 the day was expanded to become a “national” holiday. (5 U.S.C. § 6103). (Source: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/july-4th, last accessed on July 3, 2019)

That’s the kind of Independence we at Smalbany wish each and every one of our contributors, followers, readers, and supporters. We wish you all a Smalbany Independence Day, every day!

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Hey there! Georgie Boy! This song’s for you…

This is some really serious stuff so let’s start out with a little nostalgia, the 1966 hit song, “Hey there, Georgy Girl.” Of course we’ve adapted the lyrics for Georgy McHugh.

Georgie as Carmen Miranda singing “Hey there, Georgy Boy!”
We’d like to wish Georgy a Happy Pride Month!
(But Hey!,Isn’t that Georgy’s identical twin by a different mother, Chlamydia MuckHugh?)

Hey there, Georgy boy
Swinging down the street so fancy-free
Nobody you meet could ever see the loneliness there inside you
Hey there, Georgy boy
Why do all the boys just pass you by?
Could it be you just don’t try or is it the clothes you wear?

You’re always window shopping but never stopping to buy
So shed those dowdy feathers and fly a little bit

Hey there, Georgy boy
There’s another Georgy deep inside
Bring out all the shit you hide and, oh, what a change there’d be
The world would see a new Georgy girl

Hey there, Georgy boy
Dreaming of the someone you could be
Life is a reality, you can’t always run away
Don’t be so scared of changing and rearranging yourself
It’s time for jumping down from the shelf a little bit

Hey there, Georgy boy
There’s another Georgy deep inside
Bring out all the shit you hide and, oh, what a change there’d be
The world would see a new Georgy girl

(Hey there, Georgy boy)
Wake up, Georgy boy
(Hey there, Georgy boy)
Come on, Georgy boy
(Hey there, Georgy boy)
Wake up, Georgy girl

[Lyrics adapted from the 1966 movie of the same name. Set in London, the film is a comedy/romance starring Lynn Redgrave. We thought it really described Georgie McHugh.]

OK. Enough of the pleasantries, let’s get down to the dirt, the dirt that’s called George MuckHugh.

They’re not really dead, they’re just playing possum…fake dead.

A bit of advice to :  “You lie with a dog, you wake up with fleas,” or some other creeping pestilence. Your choice, your teamed up with two losers but then the saying goes: “Birds of a feather flock together.”

Or with George McHugh and his pet rats in your bed.

The Coeymans Comeback Team

There are just too many cozy relationships in Ravena and Coeymans, especially when it comes to George MuckHugh and his band of elves, Zach Collins, Brandon LeFevre, and George Langdon, who call themselves the “Coeymans Comeback Team.” They’re more like the “Coeymans Bareback Team,” and guess who’s going to be “bottom.”

The McHugh Deception Team. Hands in front of crotch body language means they feel vulnerable. Ever wonder?

When Dick Bleezarde died in 2008 and left the Ravena News Herald without leadership, McHugh rushed in to buy the local newspaper and cash in on “guiding” public opinion, and to ensure for himself a soapbox for his future. When McHugh soon thereafter sold the News Herald to the Columbia Greene Media group  (Johnson Newspaper Corporation as Columbia Greene Media). In 2018, Columbia Greene Media then sold the News Herald to Mark Vinciguerra, who previously ran Columbia Greene Media for about 5 years, and Vinciguerra created Capital Region Independent Media LLC, a publishing and consulting company owned by Vinciguerra, after having purchased the weekly Ravena News Herald newspaper from Johnson Newspaper Corporation. Now Vinciguerra is running the News Herald and George MuckHugh is running Vinciguerra. (See the article, “News Herald Moving Down the Road,” for details.)

Initially, the Ravena News Herald continued to occupy it’s long-time and familiar offices on Main Street in Ravena, a property actually owned by George McHugh, but then, in 2019, for some undisclosed reason, the Herald moved from there to McHugh’s former offices across the street in Ravena. Now when you drive or walk by the historic News Herald’s former location, you’ll see “Law Offices” and “George McHugh” plastered all over the storefront. How degrading!

So it’s no coincidence that McHugh is running full-page ads in the Ravena News Herald, now a McHugh whore — just another one in McHugh’s harem. Right, Bobby? [BL is one of McHugh’s disposables and knows a lot about him — Hate him she may but like so many cowards in the area BL is tight-lipped. Well, she’s tight-lipped for the moment but may burst any time now. And we’ll be there to publish all when the cat hits the fan! After being one of MuckHugh’s live-in girlfriends for a couple of years, we’re certain Bobby has some beans to spill.]

The bottom line is this: Given the close and cozy relationship between Mark Vinciguerra and McHugh, Vinciguerra’s landlord, we wouldn’t trust a word printed in the Ravena News Herald if McHugh’s mentioned in it. There’s nothing “independent” about  Mark Vinciguerra’s Capital Region Independent Media, the publisher of the Ravena News Herald. Make no mistake about that!

Making Eau de MuckHugh
The Comeback Team will create jobs.

Next Item: McHugh’s most recent full-page pile of steaming bullshit in the Ravena News Herald (Thursday, June 13, 2019). And it’s steaming bullshit at it’s most odiferous! You can’t avoid the stench. It’s Eau de MuckHugh.

The Coeymans Comeback Team’s Message to Voters.

First of all, the so-called “Coeymans Comeback Team,” is just that: a bunch of losers is coming back to have another shot at public office in Coeymans. McHugh got elected for two years back in 2000-2001, and finagled some deals and couldn’t get re-elected for a second term. Why should he have wanted to? He had purchased the Blaisdell farm property for his housing project and fixed it so that the property, formerly in the Town of Coeymans, would be annexed to the Village of Ravena so that he could get water for the project. McHugh takes care of McHugh. So now McHugh wants back in. He wants to get back into the Coeymans Town Supervisor’s office because he has deals to make, most probably with Carver Laraway and Carver Companies.

Even the Albany Times Union has picked up on this especially cozy relationship between Carver Laraway and George McHugh. You see, not only did McHugh pick up one of Carver Laraway’s ex-wives, McHugh worked until very recently as Laraway’s corporate counsel!

In the Times Union article, “Is Coeymans candidate too close to port owner?”, Times Union staff writer, Lauren Stanforth, writes:

“How a voter in this mostly rural Albany County town feels about the candidacy of attorney and realtor George McHugh likely depends on how the voter feels about the ever-expanding reach of the Port of Coeymans and its owner, Carver Laraway.

“That’s because McHugh isn’t just the former general counsel for Carver Companies, a job he said he resigned from March 1. He’s also a realtor representing a Carver warehouse at another port location in South Carolina. His son runs the Carver port in South Carolina. And McHugh was last year on the board of managers of a Carver limited liability company that dealt in commodities, according to research by the Times Union.”

Carver Laraway doesn’t have a very clean record: His company was fined $10,000 in January 2019 by the state Department of Environmental Conservation for allegedly using potentially tainted construction and demolition debris to fill in and expand the port. Laraway has also launched a campaign to purchase properties in the Coeymans Hamlet and elsewhere, most of which he determined couldn’t be saved and were torn down, according to the Times Union report. Bye-bye tax base for Coeymans. Thank you George McHugh!

The report also notes that the most vocal critics of Carver Laraway’s operations worry about Laraway’s plans for their small town, and fear the election of McHugh would give those business interests free rein. That’s not science fiction, people, that’s how Carver Laraway and his pet George McHugh operate. Oh, did we mention that Michael Biscone, the fat shyster crook is now working for Carver  Laraway. Now if that isn’t a read den of thieves we don’t know what would be!

Port of Coeymans owner Carver Laraway seen outside a house at Church and Fifth streets in Coeymans on Jan. 13. 2016 that he purchased from a bank for $20,000. Laraway said it’s part of his vision to help rehabilitate the withering historic hamlet. However, the house had since been demolished in 2019. (Lauren Stanforth, Times Union)

(Read the entire TU article at McHugh too Close to Carver Laraway)

There’s a lot to say about McHugh’s being in bed with Carver Laraway but you can google the dirt yourself. It all in the Times Union and other news media.

Back to the dumbass “Coeymans Comeback Team”:

If it isn’t obvious that their slogan, “Take Back our Town and Get the Coeymans Comeback Started,” means that the only one’s we’ll need to take the Town back from is Carver Laraway and his bosom buddy, Georg McHugh and McHugh’s band of monkeys, George Langdon, Brandon LeFebvre and Zach Collins. Think of it this way: You lie down with dogs and you wake up with fleas.

But let’s take a closer look at what McHugh and his pet rats are offering to do with their “Comeback Plan”:

1. Revitalize the town by attracting businesses through less government regulation and lower taxes.

Our Reaction.

Let’s be really real. You attract businesses by giving them tax breaks or some other incentive. So the lower taxes will have to be for the businesses in the form of tax breaks. That means someone else is going to have to foot the bill. Guess who?

As far as McHugh’s ability to make good on “less government regulation” that’s a load of steaming sewerage, too. The Town Supervisor has absolutely no power to work anything with government regulation. Period. Government regulation comes from state and federal laws. Period. Not from McHugh or any other local yokel. So that vaporizes No. ! of the Comeback Plan. It’s total misinformation and  your’re the target of the lies.

2. Support important quality of life initiatives including redirection of heavy trucks form Main Street, and expansion of services for youths and seniors.

Your Reaction.

If Mr. McHugh is so concerned about quality of life initiatives, why did he oppose the Coeymans Clean Air Law?  Answer: LaFarge and Carver Companies didn’t like it. Isn’t clean air a part of our quality of life? McHugh was corporate counsel to Carver Laraway when he was allegedly dumping contaminated fill at the Coeymans Port. Where was McHugh on quality of life initiatives then?

Again, the Albany Times Union comes forward with the story that connects McHugh, LaFargeHolcim and Carver Laraway with McHugh’s opposition to the Clean Air Law supported by current town supervisor, Phil Crandall:

“LafargeHolcim, owners of a cement plant on Route 9W in Coeymans, are urging defeat of a proposed town law that could prevent the firm from burning waste tires as part of the making of cement.

“COEYMANS — A cement company interested in burning old tires as fuel in its Route 9W kiln is moving against a proposed town air pollution law that could bar the practice.

“Meanwhile, the former lawyer for Carver Laraway, the owner of the Port of Coeymans, has launched a bid for town office. And one of Laraway’s companies is in the midst of a three year state contract in the waste tire business.”

Wonder why you didn’t read a word of this in McHugh’s whore, the Ravena News Herald? Ask Mark Vinciguerra why? Better still, ask McHugh’s Comeback Team.

Read the entire article by Times Union reporter Paul Buckowski at  “Proposed town pollution law draws cement plant challenge.”


Editor’s Aside: The DEC is a pack of whores, too. Here Carver Laraway is allegedly dumping contaminated fill at the Coeymans Port and he gets slapped with a mere $10,000 fine. That’s pocket change for a guy who connives with Cuomo-the-Homo for state contracts. But the DEC has gone against local businesses for practically nothing and almost ruins them for practically nothing. That’s New York justice for you! Corrupt as always.


What’s more, the NY State of New York Department of Transportation is the authority for state-owned highways, even if they do run through Coeymans and Ravena, as does Rt 143 (Main St.). The Town and the Village have no authority to redirect traffic on state-owned roads without a long and likely unsuccessful battle in the courts, because everyone, including heavy trucks, have a right to use state highways! McHugh is talking through his anus! But some things never change.

Furthermore, where will McHugh “redirect” the heavy trucks from Main Street? There’s nowhere for Carver’s huge trucks to go!!! Unless, of course, Carver has a new Thruway plaza (entrance and exit) or an arterial in mind. Well, that won’t reduce traffic, that’s for sure. But it will be good for Carver and McHugh. We wonder if that’s not the reason the land deal with the County of Albany fell through on McHugh’s watch.

Luckily for the area, the deal fell through when McHugh dropped the ball and the bomb and offered a number of idiotic excuses why the deal didn’t go through. McHugh is a veteran pimp and experienced whore for Carver Laraway. Laraway wanted to create another Carver theme park right under our noses by building another “industrial park”  that would have increased heavy traffic and destroyed our environment. There was something very fishy about the deal, too, when you think that it was right in the middle of federally protected wetlands. Where was the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation [DEC]  when all of this was going on? Why weren’t they all over this deal while it was threatening “protected” wetlands?  Well, the DEC was right in Carver Laraway’s back pocket, right there with Cuomo-the-Homo. (Read the entire article in the Times Union piece by reporter Amada Fries, “Coeymans property sale for Albany scuttled.“)

Any expansion of services for youths and seniors would cost money. New businesses won’t come to Coeymans without promises of tax breaks. That leaves the question, unanswered by McHugh and his monkeys, of where the money for the expansion of these services will come? From the welfare cases lounging on the porches? Probably not. From the trailer trash and trailer park druggies? Definitely not. We can guess where the money’s going to come from but we’d like to hear from McHugh or one of his pet rats. Where’s the money going to come from, Georgie?

Of course, there’s money that might be available from the county, the state, the feds, but someone’s got to write the grant applications and that takes money, too.

So, we guess that we’ve shot down McHugh’s “Comeback Team” plan No. 2.

Our interpretation of the Comeback Team’s basic message.

3. Improve town government through consolidation and regionalization to benefit the residents and taxpayers of Coeymans, and update Comprehensive Plan to allow for new investment.

Everyone’s Reaction.

First of all, what does McHugh expect to consolidate? Services? Town departments? There’s nothing to consolidate. A big word that means nothing!!!

And “regionalization.” Another lawyer-word that means nothing to Coeymans.

But wait a minute. Regionalization can mean two things: the tendency to form decentralized regions, but that doesn’t make much sense in a small town like Coeymans. But maybe the second definitions of regionalization does: land classification or land RE-classification. Does McHugh propose to reclassify land in the Town of Coeymans? And if so, does that plan have something to do with his cozy relationship with his friend and bedfellow, Carver Laraway and his empire plans?

If that’s the case, how, we wonder, will that possibly benefit Coeymans taxpayers? Which taxpayers? The “new businesses” and investors who have been attracted by paying little or no taxes or can McHugh mean those rest of us holding the bag to support local services and the inflated RCS Central School District budget.

The Coeymans Comprehensive Plan is already being updated — you’d know that if you were paying attention, Mr McHugh and your “Comeback Team” — so why does it have to be re-updated? Perhaps to accommodate some of McHugh’s plans for “new businesses,” expansion of Carver Laraway’s empire, increase of McHugh’s own empire in the Town of Coeymans.

McHugh’s “Comeback Team” plan No. 3 is just as scary, unclear, and shady as Nos. 1 and 2, and it seems all three are aimed at doing the same thing: enriching the few and impoverishing the Coeymans taxpayer!

4. Oppose an unfair reassessment of property that will result in higher taxes.

Now that’s the one that really makes us want to upchuck, that is, to puke!

Properties have to be reassessed on a somewhat regular basis.  If that were not the case, we’d be paying taxes on property that was valued at 1950s values. That simply doesn’t make sense. You make more, your property increases in value, you want better roads, better schools, more services, you have to pay for those things. If you get something for your tax dollars, there’s nothing unfair about it.

BUT: Here’s the problem with McHugh’s plan: the only unfair reassessment of property might be the reassessment of Carver Laraway’s property, or any property that McHugh has his eye on for development. Now, any reassessment of Carver’s or McHugh’s property would be, in their opinions, unfair. But they’re not thinking of you.

Furthermore, McHugh isn’t telling us that for the most part, taxes are not controlled by local authorities but by state and federal authorities. McHugh, who wants to be supervisor, is talking bullshit again, still. The Town Supervisor may be chief financial officer for the town, that’s true, but he has to come up with the money to support the Town Budget, or cut services, etc. He doesn’t control one of the biggest gluttons in the area: the school budget!

Property assessment is governed and regulated by New York State laws and enforced by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Real Property Services, NOT by the Town Supervisor.

So, Mr. McHugh might want to explain how he is going to do anything at all about any assessment of property, especially given the fact that he has no control over the operations of the Office of the Town Assessor! Sure, he can “oppose” anything he wants to oppose but the supervisor has no power or authority to control or regulate assessments! That’s again a load of McHugh bullshit foisted upon would be supporters.

What will result in higher taxes is shifting the tax burden from Carver Laraway, George McHugh, Michael Biscone, and the other parasites in the Town of Coeymans, and from any “new businesses” or investors, shifting the tax burden from them to YOU!

Read what McHugh is feeding you and think about it for a minute and see through the lies and deceptions.

MuckHugh’s Team will crash and burn!

ATTENTION REGISTERED INDEPENDENCE PARTY VOTERS
IF MCHUGH, LANGDON, COLLINS, LEFEVRE GET THE INDEPENDENCE PARTY BACKING, LEAVE THE PARTY. REGISTER INSTEAD AS A NON-DECLARED PARTY VOTER, REGISTER AS A NOP = NO PARTY PREFERENCE.

MuckHugh’s Team View of the Independence Party.