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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!

Return to Part II of the Series

Go to Part IV of the Series (To be published on November 18, 2019)

 

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

The recent elections in Albany County (NY) and in Greene County (NY), particularly in the Town of Coeymans (Albany County, NY), and the towns of New Baltimore (Greene County, NY), for example, have exhibited a troubling pattern forming in what was once a multi-party, participative democracy, free and courageous nation: Amid finger-pointing, immorality, self-service, and failures in our public servants, the main political parties, the Democratic and the Republican parties, have become irrelevant, frequently unable to muster up candidates to provide voters with a choice. Moreover, the third parties have become ballot brokers, political prostitutes, selling their support for future favors, and backing some of the worst scoundrels the polls have ever been sullied with.

The 2019 Local Elections:
Examples of the “Sick Community Syndrome”©

This analysis and commentary is based on the model of domestic violence and abuse, and shows how domestic violence and abuse plays out on a community scale in the framework of what I call the “sick community syndrome.” [anonymous]

Voting Normally Works….
Unless you live in a sick community. Coeymans Town Hall will experience an acute bout of parasitic infestation in January 2020, when the McHugh mob is sworn in.

The Sick Community Syndrome.

The sick-community syndrome is alive and well. It has become a permanent resident, it appears, in our communities, in the shady and corrupt characters running for office, misinforming the public and defaming incumbents, opposing candidates, or anyone,  who had clear who availed themselves of their guaranteed constitutional rights of free expression and freedom of assembly. Ignoring clear and conspicuous exemplary performance and records of accomplishment, the shadow figures intimidated residents and brainwashed the willing; this would have sent up red flags to most observers but not in a sick community. What’s worse, and with the Town of Coeymans as our poster-child, the fact that the least qualified candidates — and the most corrupt candidates — were elected to replace incumbents with records of accomplishment. This situation raised many questions and led us to coin the phrase “sick community syndrome” to describe the municipalities which, like the Town of Coeymans and towns like it dotting Albany and Greene Counties in New York, have a history of such self-destructive, self-abusive behaviors, marked by widespread abuse and psychological violence perpetrated on an apathetic and depressed — morally and economically — community of what can be called most accurately: sheeple.

Background Facts

The Town of Coeymans as the Poster-Child for “Sick Community Syndrome”

What about us?!?
You elected them and abandoned us!!!

The 2019 midterm election campaign scene in the Town of Coeymans, for example, included:

Two incumbents: 2-term Town Supervisor, Phillip Crandall (Dem), multiple-term Town Councilman, Tom Dolan (Dem), and a young man new to the political scene but not to town government, Michael McGuire (Dem), who is the Town of New Scotland Assessor.

Coeymans Opted to Oust Incumbents with Proven Track Records of Fiscal Responsibility, Economic Growth, and Vast Improvements in Infrastructure and Environmental Concerns. Why?

The Smalbany blog (nonpartisan) reported extensively on the candidates and the campaigning but in synopsis:

  1. George D. McHugh, an attorney closely associated with local big business interests, a long history of ethics violations, a pattern of misinformation, disinformation, malinformation, and outright lies. A womanizer, married 4 times so far. McHugh was a one-term Coeymans Town Supervisor in 2000-2001, but did not run for a second term. His reasons for not having run for a second term change with the weather. He’s a skilled liar.
  2. McHugh’s running mates included the son of a local family business (fuel oil and other products), Zacchary Collins (30), and a local man Brendan Lefevre (34), both with no life or political experience or any experience to speak of at all., In fact, Lefevre didn’t live in the Coeymans area until recently, and then returned only to take up residence in his father’s basement. Neither Collins nor Lefevre own any property in the Town of Coeymans but will be calling the shots for residents who do own property and pay property taxes. 
  3. Upon reliable information, George D. McHugh never attended a Coeymans Town Board meeting save for one appearance at which he made a presentation on behalf of one of his business interests. Collins and Lefevre may have been seen at one Coeymans Town Board meeting shortly before the elections, but that is an unconfirmed report. They couldn’t be bothered to attend town board meetings but now are going to be running things as the Coeymans Town Council.
  4. The McHugh campaign was extraordinarily expensive in terms of money spent in a local political campaign. Initial estimates indicate that the campaign spent in excess of $20,000. Final campaign finance reports are still pending, and we will obtain them and verify the exact amount spent. Will McHugh disclose every source of campaign money he and his group received? Support includes promises of future benefits to be received from LaFarge-Holcim, Carver Companies, Port of Coeymans, Coeymans Industrial Park, organized business groups in the town, and private interests. It’s all about money!
  5. George McHugh is former owner of the local newspaper, the Ravena News Herald, and close friends with the current owner/publisher, Mark Vinciguerra. While the Ravena News Herald tried but failed to make a convincing appearance of fair and balanced campaign reporting, and the News Herald was monumentally unsuccessful in masking their flagrantly biased support of the McHugh group.
  6. The far more disturbing aspect of the McHugh campaign was the clear close involvement of a group calling itself, Friends of Coeymans, which was in fact a trio of local thugs, Jeffrey “Jeff” LaQuire, Nathan “Nate” Boomer, and Christopher “Chris” Hagen. The so-called Friends of Coeymans made it a point of appearing at most public meetings of the Town of Coeymans boards, harassing the board members, intimidating pubic attendees, staging pubic comment together with collaborators, and generally making any meeting into a three-ring-circus affair. The bullying and thuggery reached such a point that the Town Board found it necessary to have police presence at meeting to ensure order. According to their Facebook page, they assure followers that their work has just begun! What does that mean to Coeymans residents? To residents who want to participate in local government? Who want to exercise their guaranteed rights? We’ve already seen the neonazi tactics used by the Friends of Coeymans and now we read that their work has just begun!

    Neonazi-like Clown Characters:
    LaQuire – Hagen – Boomer

  7. The LaQuire-Boomer-Hagen trio did not limit their activity to public comment but frequently followed public attendees around videoing and recording their conversations, photographing attendees, and making comments about or to attendees during meetings. The trio not only have become despised and ridiculous public figures, they also host an abusive Facebook page that provided commentary, disinformation, personal attacks, and other obnoxious publications. It was purest neonazism in action and it was, regrettably effective.
  8. The McHugh group received Republican (R), Conservative (C), and Independence (I) party lines on the ballot. Those endorsements will become something those parties will learn to regret. Lie down with dogs and wake up with fleas!
  9. The majority of Coeymans voters opted to choose the greed and narcissism of a small group of corrupt clowns and to abandon their children’s and grandchildren’s best interests! The majority of Coeymans voters chose shame and guilt over and above responsibility to their community and to their children. Why?

A Majority of Voters — Not Necessarily the People of Coeymans — Elected Three Men of Questionable Character to Replace Incumbents with Proven Positive Performance. Why?

It’s difficult for a reasonably thinking mind to grasp Why? given the facts and the available options, the majority of Coeymans residents who bothered to go to the polls, actually voted for one of the most scandalous groups in modern Coeymans history!

On November 5, 2019, voters went to the polls, to elect Coeymans Town Supervisor, two Coeymans Town Councilmen, and one County Legislator. When the polls closed it was announced that the McHugh group had succeeded in receiving the majority of votes. The Coeymans Town Board was now 100% Republican, packed with McHugh and big-business puppets, and two incumbent Republicans, Daniel Baker and Kenneth Burns had already been exposed as moles on the Town Council, and both Baker and Burns proved their dubious characters according to past activities on and off the board.

Comeback Team (McHugh) Supporters Make their Way to the Polls
The Result of the Comeback Team’s Brainwashing!

The Smalbany blog reported extensively on the campaigning, including an extensive interview of Mr. Phillip Crandall, former Town Supervisor, and published in both excerpts and in full transcript. George McHugh refused to be interviewed and refused to debate Mr. Crandall on at least 3 occasions.Voters seemed to ignore McHugh’s cowardice.

This 2019 local campaign behavior was on the one hand, characterized by considerable publication of the challengers’ background and conduct, principally that of George McHugh, who had a past rich in questionable conduct and more recently, bare-faced lies that were easily exposed. His running mates were as unimpressive as McHugh was impressive (negatively). In contrast, the incumbents. Phil Crandall and Tom Dolan, and candidate Michael McGuire, were experienced, civil, productive, and forthcoming. Mr. Crandall, for example, was able to run down a long laundry list of accomplishments and programs, including remarkable fiscal recovery during his two terms.

So why does a whole community, that is, those who actually go to the polls, ignore the available factual information in favor of being fed disinformation and malinformation, to elect clearly morally, ethically, and clearly substandard and undesirable candidates like McHugh, Collins and Lefevre, while abandoning incumbents, like Crandall and Dolan, and a professional administrator like McGuire, who provided proof of their the high-quality performance and productivity. We are not pointing out pie in the sky accomplishments but accomplishments, which were clearly obvious day-to-day to anyone on the street, anyone enjoying clean air, soil, water, parks, and new sidewalks and newly paved streets!

This Behavior of Residents Raises Many Troubling Questions

Such community behavior raises many troubling questions about how the so-called voting public process facts, the value they place on truth and integrity, and why they would abandon incumbents with undeniably excellent performance records only to elect a man of highly questionable ethics, George McHugh, whose campaign was based largely on contradictions, lies, and the neonazi tactics of the Friends of Coeymans — Jeff LaQuire, Nate Boomer, and Chris Hagen —, and two inexperienced young puppets — Zachary Collins and Brendan Lefevre —, who would function conspicuously as McHugh’s tools on the Coeymans Town Board.

These are some of the questions we hope to clarify, if not help to answer, including:

  • Why do people stay in sick communities while denying that they are being abused?
  • Why do residents in sick communities refuse to confront the reality of the abuse and avoid changing?
  • Why do residents in sick communities deny facts and truth about abuse, and call the messenger a liar?
  • When offered a choice, why do residents in a sick community choose bad judgement over common sense?
  • Do voters elect bad candidates out of shame and guilt, and is that behavior a way of punishing themselves?
  • In other words, How do the abused, the victims then become self-abusers?

The abuse becomes the norm; anything else is not normal for them. Common sense would seem to indicate that a community should be able to choose how they want to live and, since it is a viable option, for the victims to do what they can to escape their abusers. But they don’t choose to escape their abusers! Instead, they hand them the keys to the community, and the vicious cycle of abuse continues and worsens.

The New Normal.
Abuse becomes the Norm.

Editor’s Note: If anyone already has the answers to these questions, please share them with us. You’ll save us a lot of research and writing time, and we can move on to other equally scary topics. But if you don’t have the answers, read the continuing installments of this series, Coeymans: Poster-Child of the “Sick Community Syndrome.”

Part II of this series is due to be published on
Saturday, November 16, 2019.
Stay tuned!

 

Save Coeymans from the Comeback Team!

“The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good People Do Nothing!”

Edmund Burke/John F. Kennedy


This just in (November 4, 2019): Jeff LaQuire has been identified as Jay Faith, a fake profile he has been using to post on various Facebook pages! Just another example of the dishonesty and sleaziness of the Comeback Team and their supporters, the Friends of Coeymans a.k.a. Coeymans Clowns, a.k.a. Fiends of Coeymans! Something about Jeff LaQuire…maybe it’s the ‘quire” part…but his fake profile features a woman with two children. We find that a bit odd for a man to be posing as a woman. But then, it’s the FOC and they’re supporting the Comeback Team…It’s just so unnatural.


mchugh liar disgrace

George McHugh – Liar and Evil Puppetmaster
Any man who associates lies with a national tragedy and the uniform is a disgrace!

The Comeback Team is Evil. They will triumph if good people sit back and do nothing.

lost in mchugh fog

Collins & Lefevre: Perhaps not entirely evil…YET
No experience, no independence, McHugh’s puppets.

As can be expected, the Ravena News Herald wasted good deal of ink repeating George McHugh’s weasel-words in an 11th hour effort to distract from his scandalous lies. They’re still offering him air-time to backpedal and save himself. How many more lies can he manage to tell be for the polls open. Let’s start counting, shall we? He’s still as devious and dishonest as ever. It’s just that his previous lies were discovered and made public that he’s now softened them at the last minute. Smalbany published two articles on the Interview that wasn’t, the interview, which, had McHugh had the courage and integrity to accept, would have forced him to admit his lies. Period. The image adorning those articles is one of a pig wallowing in mud and cites Proverbs and 2 Peter 2, scriptural passages, that refer to the fool’s folly, in other words, the fool never changes. McHugh is what McHugh is and McHugh does what McHugh has always done: taken very good care of McHugh at the expense of everyone else. 4 wives and how many other women has he used. He’s going to use, abuse, and then leave Coeymans as soon as he’s gotten what he’s after. Mark these words.

He’s got plenty of weasel-words to weasel around his ethics violations. Yeah, the check is in the mail, Georgie. All we have to say is that so many charges of ethics violations just don’t drop out the sky like snowflakes. Where there’s smoke, Georgie, there’s reason to believe there’s fire. Don’t treat this community and its voters like fools. We’re not…well at least some of us still have our marbles, no thanks to George McHugh!

Liar, liar! Your tail’s on fire, Georgie!

Get out and VOTE!

CRANDALL, DOLAN, MCGUIRE, TOUCHETTE

 

Collins and Lefevre: Looking for a Daddy?

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


You wonder where Collins’and Lefevre’s parents are on all of this. If you were their parents, wouldn’t you feel that this alliance would likely destroy their futures? Being associated with a conspiratorial and crooked schemer like McHugh, that is. Wouldn’t you try to talk to them and try to save them? Well, any normal parent would but Zach Collin’s father works for Carver Laraway. There’s a connection there. And maybe there’s a piece of the Carver Companies pie in it for Zach, too. He’s young and probably very impressionable or very greedy. Perhaps dear ol’ dad has his own plans for sonny boy, Zach.

Lookin’ for a Dog-Daddy?

Lie Down with a Dog and You Wake Up with Fleas, Boys!

Benjamin Franklin’s quote above raises further questions about what is in store for Zach Collins and Brendan Lefevre. How did two young men like them get involved with George McHugh and his goons?

This one’s for Zach Collins and Brendan Lefevre.

We really have to wonder, because the two young pups really haven’t done anything that would indicate they have any life experience at all, at least none that would justify their being on a ballot with the likes of McHugh. Are they really that starved for a daddy-figure?

Perhaps, perhaps not. But what we have learned on good authority is that Brendan Lefevre is a real schizoid. In fact, the rumor — all rumors have some basis in fact — he’s the author of all or most of the slurs and insults on the FOC Facebook site. So Golden Boy is not so golden; he’s more of a little turd.

Even McHugh’s News Herald couldn’t fabricate some lie to make Lefevre or Collins look more tempting

Lefevre is a nobody, lived in Albany for some time before returning to Coeymans just about the time McHugh decided he was going to run again, that is, in late 2018. Word is that Brendan Lefevre is now living in his father’s basement.

The only information that we have to go on is what appeared in the Ravena News Herald in March 2019, which says next-to-noting, unless a couple vague statements about Collins simply says that it’s time for him to “grow,” and so he joined the McHugh goon-squad. No clue what that means. Pretty bad when even McHugh’s News Herald couldn’t fabricate some lie to make Lefevre look more tempting.

Lefevre says he’s going to work with the Coeymans business community. Like that’s news. Nothing about anything but the business community. That should give us all hope, right?

In a joint letter to the editor in August 2019, they simply parroted the script that we’ve been hearing all along. It’s all been exposed since then, so it’s really unnecessary to beat that dead horse. If that’s how much they care about what they call “openness” and “transparency,” they have a VERY big problem. I hope Coeymans voters don’t make Collins and Lefevre’s problems Coeymans’ problems.

Neither Collins nor Lefevre own any property in Coeymans so there are quite a few questions we could ask them about why they are here. Collins does mention that his wife is a teacher at “the school,” which raises the question: Which one? Zach. Don’t you know we have like four schools in the RCS Central School District? Don’t you even know the name of the school where your wife works?

Our take on this whole McHugh-Collins-Lefevre is that McHugh has some sinister plans for the two young pups. It wouldn’t be a bit surprising if they had their own sinister plans, like currying favor with Carver Laraway, just like daddy-McHugh has. Is it an opportunity for a job with Carver Companies? Are they, too, despite the smiles, greedy devils like their running mate, McHugh. Will Collins and Lefevre be tainted, infected with the character deficits of their mentor, McHugh? Probably, unless something’s done to prevent such a tragedy from happening.

If you’ve read the Crandall Interview (links below), you will have some insights and an idea of who and what Daniel “Dan” Baker is. The first impression is that Baker doesn’t have a loyal bone in his body. He’s a weasel and is out to make a weasel-deal with anyone he thinks he can do. He threw in his long-time employer, LaFarge, by whistleblowing about their cheating on DEC air-quality inspections. He shared damning photos of a LaFarge blow-out that released huge clouds of black smoke and soot into the air across from the middle school and the high school. He bailed on the Clean Air Law vote once he started marching to McHugh’s drumbeat. And he bailed on the vote for the Coeymans Planning Board after he had committed to approving Battaglia to be chairman. Dan Baker is not to be trusted by you, me, the Board, his employee, NO ONE! But he thinks McHugh is going to do something for him, after all, he stated at a meeting with several residents, McHugh, and the FOC thugs, at which he appeared unannounced and refused to be recorded because, he “had too much at stake.” Sure. Baker’s playing all sides. Like George McHugh, he’s a rat doesn’t want to lose no matter who wins.

Surprisingly, George McHugh and his running mates include four phrases on their campaign cards, and we’d like to spend some time talking about the phrases:

“More Open * More Ethical * More Affordable * More Effective” HOGWASH!

More Open? Our discussion of the obvious answers to the questions we had planned for the McHugh interview-that-never-happened should be more than convincing to anyone who thinks that McHugh is open. McHugh is an attorney and is trained to be only as transparent as benefits his case. He is trained on how to manipulate and to spin facts. But open he is definitely NOT.

If George McHugh or anyone on his Backpedal Team were open, he’d be willing, as Mr. Crandall was, to answer questions that would clarify the public’s doubts and concerns about his past, his present, and the future he claims to offer Coeymans. He has either refused to respond or responds with vague and ambiguous statements, or he sends his henchmen, the Friends of Coeymans, Jeff LaQuire, Nate Boomer, and Chris Hagen out to answer for him. And we know all too well how that’s done: Bullyism and Thuggery!

More ethical? If George McHugh’s ethics history is anything to judge by, George McHugh can’t even spell the word. If his use of the antics of the Coeymans Clowns, the Friends of Coeymans, is anything to judge by, his view of “ethics” is about as democratic as the Neo-Nazi Code of Conduct. The fact that McHugh’s campaign even has the nerve to mention ethical in their campaign materials is a slap in the face of all Coeymans voters.

The real message being sent by Friends of Coeymans, George McHugh’s thugs.

More Affordable? We’re not clear on where the question of “affordability” came in. Are we buying a car? A health insurance plan? What’s all this about affordability? Isn’t affordability related to affordable. If something is affordable, it’s priced reasonably, and you have enough money to buy it. … The adjective affordable can either mean “cheap,” or it can imply that even if it’s expensive, you have enough money to easily buy it. So how does that apply to the McHugh “Comeback Team?” Does it mean that they’re “cheap?” We can see that. When you consider the money they’re spending on a local political campaign, you really have to wonder where it’s coming from and what they expect to get back, these so-called business-friendly candidates. What are the dividends they expect to receive on their campaign investment?

George McHugh = Ethics Violations = Corruption.

Does affordable mean that the Comeback Team Is priced reasonably, and that you have enough money to buy them? We can see that, too. We know that George McHugh can be had for a price but we wouldn’t agree that he’s affordable, unless you’re Carver Laraway.

But even if they are cheap and you can buy them, we don’t see how that is something voters really want, or how being cheap and buyable is anything I’d like to see in our Town’s leadership. We do know that you can buy George McHugh but he’s certainly not “affordable.” Only the likes of LaFarge or Carver Laraway can afford that kind of corruption.

Maybe Collins, Lefevre, Baker, Langton are cheaper, more affordable. Maybe we can afford to buy them more affordably. What do you think?

More Effective? Effective at what? Lies? Sure, just look at McHugh’s reasons for not running for re-election he gave in 2001, and the reasons he gives in 2019.

Effective at being secretive, obscure, uninformative? Sure, that’s affordable. We can afford to admit that’s a certainty.

But really, what are they effective at? More effective at getting LaFarge and Carver Laraway to pay for their outrageous campaign? Looks like that’s pretty effective.

More effective at recruiting a gaggle of goons to engage in neonazi tactics, and to disseminate propaganda, while the candidates can sit back and watch their henchmen do their dirty work, while keeping their own hands clean? If we’re talking about being more effective at being villains, scoundrels, liars, deceivers, at being scandalous and hypocritical? Then YES, they are more effective than most.

Our question is: How is any of that good for Coeymans? Collins and Lefevre have no record of effectiveness, so what are they talking about? How can they refer to themselves as the “Comeback Team?” They don’t have anywhere to “come back” from.

But being more effective at anything else? They haven’t done anything else. Collins and Lefevre are new on the scene. George Langdon was a dud on the Town Board; completely ineffective; that’s why we’ve had so little to say about George Langdon. Langdon is simply irrelevant; so unimportant, we don’t want to waste words on him.

So where’s this “More Effective” coming from, anyway. Your guess is as good as ours. I think it’s a smoke and mirrors game. Don’t you.

They just say anything. Just say anything, nobody will remember. They might think that but that would be a very big mistake, boys.

The facts speak for themselves. None of the so-called comeback team can claim to be “open.” George McHugh refused to be interviewed and to answer some very important questions. Maybe that’s what he means by open? His running mates are just as obscure as he is. We can understand that from Collins and Lefevre because they simply haven’t done anything in life to be open about.

But then nothing about George McHugh makes sense, it just makes one sick.

The “more ethical” is the real punch line, and if that doesn’t get McHugh lots of laughter, nothing will. With the public record of his ethics violations, we’d like to ask, “More ethical than what?” Again, Collins and Lefevre have done nothing in life to give them any reason to claim that they are “more ethical” than anything.

More Affordable? We don’t get it. Try as we may, we just don’t get that one. It makes no sense. But then nothing about McHugh makes sense, it just makes one sick.

More Effective? Sorry but we’ve discussed what you’re more effective at, Comeback Team, and we really don’t think Coeymans needs any of it. You have done nothing to prove effectiveness, and we’re certain McHugh doesn’t want to revisit his record of effectiveness back in 2000-2001. He’s just lucky his effectiveness didn’t land his ass in jail or at least get him disbarred. That may yet happen, though.

Read the Excerpts from Segments 1, 2, and 3 of the Crandall Interview:
Crandall Interview: Segment 1
Crandall Interview: Segment 2
Crandall Interview: Segment 3

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

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

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

George McHugh: His campaign is up in flames.

 

 

 

Comeback Team and More Misinformation about the Clean Air Law

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


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

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

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

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

Clean air, clean soil, clean water.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Law defines a waste facility as:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That statement should put the matter to rest.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

George McHugh: His campaign is up in flames.

 

 

 

Comeback Team’s Fake Promises and Misinformation

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


Nearly everyone in Coeymans received the Comeback Team’s misinformation card shown below. We’d like to tell you a little about the so-called Comeback Team’s 5-Point Plan for Coeymans.


But when you actually think about it, the only wannabe “comeback” is George McHugh, who wants to come back and finish killing Coeymans, something he nearly did in 2000-2001, when he last left his stench in Coeymans Town Hall.


Up until about January 2019, George McHugh spoke to Coeymans Town Supervisor Phil Crandall by phone sometimes twice a week. It now appears that McHugh was mining information for his upcoming hoodlum campaign. Once McHugh announced his candidacy, it was a bit difficult to play false-friend — Judas of Coeymans — and chat with Mr Crandall and get the information he wanted but he had Daniel “Dan” Baker, a mole and confederate, on the Town Board, who would be passing information from Town Board discussions to McHugh. Didn’t work very well because we discovered and exposed Baker!

The McHugh Backpedal.

What McHugh could not know while he was hatching his plans was that Smalbany would be interviewing Mr Crandall, and would offer the same opportunity to George McHugh in September 2019, But by that time McHugh was deeply committed to his lies, as were his goons, the Friends of Coeymans. This situation created a humongous problem for McHugh and his puppets, because they could back-peddle but not fast enough to get out of their own way. Then, when Smalbany decided to not only publish the excerpts but the entire transcription of the complete interview, McHugh’s butt was grass and Smalbany was the lawnmower.

Still, McHugh hoped he could garner at least some poor fools who might not have read the Crandall Interview, and who could still be duped. So the Backpedal Team formerly known as the Comeback Team went ahead and mailed their misinformation cards (see above). And now we can shed some light on those lies, too.

We have already published an article on McHugh’s most recent misinformation and delusions that appeared on October 24, 2019, in the News Herald. Here’s the link if you have not yet read that post: News Herald My View: Comeback Team = Space Cadets!


Comeback Team Fake Campaign Claim & Misinformation:
1. Revitalize Coeymans
by reducing regulations and taxes to attract new business and investment.

Hogwash! What this actually means is getting rid of the existing Town laws such regulations and laws as the Article II Prohibition Against Waste Generated Outside Town Law, the Clean Air Law, and any other local laws that would stand in the way of the waste-burning plans of LaFarge, and the storage of contaminated waste by Carver Companies and Billy Biers. It would also override environmental provisions for our natural environment.

As for reducing taxes, Carver Laraway is already paying ridiculously low property taxes on his properties, as are other large businesses in the area. Carver Laraway has received numerous P.I.L.O.T. tax abatements for new business in the Port of Coeymans and Coeymans Industrial Park. By providing corporate welfare and tax reductions for large businesses, and reduced assessments for those businesses, the Town reduces its revenues from them and the tax burden falls on the residential and small property owners of the Town. Supervisor Crandall and his Board have promised a revaluation which will take some of the burden off of Coeymans homeowners and small property owners and make the big businesses carry their fair share. Bad news for McHugh and his crew.

In the Crandall Interview, Mr. Crandall promises a revaluation. His reasoning is that local business have been subsidized by homeowners because of the fact that businesses have not been carrying their fair share of assessments and taxes. Up to now, businesses have been assessed at 85% + receiving various abatements, while homeowners have been assessed at about 90%. Crandall wants to revaluate so that business carries it’s fare share, taking some of the burden off of the homeowner.

Comeback Team Fake Campaign Claim & Misinformation:
2. Redirect Heavy Trucks from Main Street, and expand parks and services to improve quality of life.

Taken almost directly from the Crandall Interview. If you have read the Crandall Interview, you will see throughout that document that the Crandall Board has accomplished many projects and some are being implemented as we write, others are in solid plans awaiting the budget, responses to grant applications, or finalizing grants.

Mr. Crandall has already said he wants to work with LaFarge and with Carver Companies (Coeymans Industrial Park) to find a way to re-route traffic away from the Village and the Hamlet, and through the industrial areas, where it should be.

Up until recently (about mid-2018), McHugh was in contact with Mr. Crandall a couple of times a week. We have not asked what they talked about but you can be sure that before McHugh announced his plans to run for Supervisor, he did his very best to get as much out of Crandall as he could. Once he spoiled that communication by announcing his plans to run for Supervisor, he gave marching orders to Daniel Baker, a sitting Town Board member, to be his mole on the Board, and to stymie anything worth stymieing, and report the rest to McHugh.

Working on re-routing traffic off of Main Street Ravena is NOT McHugh’s idea; it’s Phil Crandall’s and the Crandall Board’s (Tom Dolan) idea.

Comeback Team Fake Campaign Claim& Misinformation:
3. Improve Town Operations and Make Town Government Less Expensive
through consolidation, update, comprehensive plan to allow for new investment, and strengthen ethics law.

All foreign words to McHugh and the Comebacks!

Again, some vague indistinct claim to do something that has already been done and is continuing very successfully under Phil Crandall’s leadership and the work of the Crandall Town Board.

Again, all this has been done and is continuing under Phil Crandall! Crandall, when during his very first term put his foot down and stopped wanton spending, insisting that the debt be eliminated and the borrowing stop, until the Town was again in the black. He succeeded beyond any expectations and against all odds, given that his measures made enemies both within Town Hall as well as outside. But he did it!

Read the Crandall Interview for the details and how much he saved the Town and is still doing so. The Interview tells it all in detail, so we won’t duplicate it here.

The biggest joke is McHugh’s reference to ethics. Ethics of all things coming from McHugh or anyone on the McHugh A-List is a very bad joke.

Can McHugh even spell the word e*t*h*i*c*s, if it’s not in the caption of a Summons and Complaint served on him to appear to answer for his own ethics violations? McHugh was the defendant in ethics violations when he was serving a counsel to the State Racing and Wagering Commission, when he represented a client before that same board. Conflict of Interest. He was investigation on ethics charges by the New York State Attorney General in that same case. McHugh was investigated by his own Republican Board when he was last Supervisor, that is, in 2000-2001, for having Town land surveyed and including his own properties in that survey, with the Town paying for the surveying of his private property. What about the annexation of his property to Ravena so he could access water and sewerage. And now he wants to strengthen ethics law? He’d be putting himself out of business, and out on the street if he did that.

George McHugh’s lips must char when the word “ethics” passes over them. The man’s entire history is populated with charges of ethics violations and now he has the nerve to propose “strengthening ethics laws?” He must really think Coeymans voters are complete a**holes!

Comeback Team Fake Campaign Claim & Misinformation:
4. Oppose an Unfair Reassessment of Property
that will result in higher taxes.

Up to now, homeowners have taken up the slack for businesses.
Crandall: Everyone has to pay their fair share.
No more free ride for businesses.

Again, read the Crandall Interview. Mr. Crandall explains exactly what the revaluation will do: reduce the burden on homeowners while making businesses pay their fair share. We’re certain McHugh and his clients Carver Laraway, Billy Biers, and Lafarge, and his supporters like the RCS Community Business Association and Aaron Flach are running themselves ragged, in a panic now! What? Businesses pay their fair share of taxes? Not while McHugh’s around!

The only ones who will think the reassessments will be unfair are those who have been getting breaks all along. Ridiculously low assessments on properties (all reported in the Albany Times Union for Carver Laraway and Carver Companies), property tax abatements (for example, a $450,000 reduction in property tax to Aaron Flach for Faith Plaza), P.I.L.O.T. (payment in lieu of taxes) for Carver Laraway and his tenants at the Port and the Industrial Park. And the list goes on.

Read the Crandall Interview! Mr. Crandall raises his hands in desperation. “How much money can one man want? How many tax reductions does he want? How greedy can he be?” (Referring to Carver Laraway) We think we all know the answer to those questions. Whatever Coeymans has left, they want.

McHugh and his puppets are referring to McHugh’s keepers and handlers, his clients, when he mouths the words, “unfair reassessment,” the assessment is unfair only to those, who might have to start paying their fair share.

Comeback Team Campaign Claim& Misinformation:
5. Allow for residents to vote on any new important town laws or the repeal of existing laws.

McHugh and his Comeback Goons don’t “allow” anything. The LAW allows us to decide!

 

ALLOW?!? They’re going to ALLOW residents to vote? Who in hell do they think they are?!? THEY’RE going to ALLOW us to vote on our laws??? The Law of the Land allows us to vote on our laws in what is called the referendum!!! We don’t need George McHugh or his neonazi goons or his phony Comeback Team to allow us to do anything…except to make sure they don’t get anywhere near Coeymans Town Hall!!! We have provisions in Municipal and Town Law for referendums, and home rule provisions. Voters have the right to repeal or to allow any laws, not the Town Board without the approval of the people!

Well, we all know where this one is going, don’t we? McHugh came out with big guns and LaFarge and Laraway bucks to fight agains the passage of the Clean Air Law. They want to get rid of any obstacle to LaFarge’s or Carver Companies’ plans to “Take Back Coeymans” from residents.

Here’s how it works: McHugh packs the Town Board with his puppets, who are trained to do what they are told. McHugh stands in the background deciding which laws go and which laws come in. Of course, McHugh recuses himself from the deliberation and the voting, but just for appearances.

The new laws and the old laws for deletion are put out for public hearing and comment but guess who is in the middle of the public gallery? Friends of Coeymans, who will make certain no one is opposed. Anyone who even looks like he’s or she’s not one of them will have Jeff LaQuire or another Clown in his or her face with the smartphone. Any private side discussions will have one of the Clowns standing there with his smartphone recording the discussion. It’s happening already and you think it’s going to get better if McHugh’s running the show?’Better think again.

Now, the law come up for a vote, a referendum if the public is to vote on it. Who do you think will show up to vote?

And when there’s a public outcry when the results are announced in, Guess where? the Ravena News Herald, of course, McHugh and his puppets will smugly point out that “You had your chance to come to public hearing, to make public comment. Where were you?” and the Friends of Coeymans will be touching up their Clown makeup, smirking, “How’d we do, Daddy McHugh?

You don’t have to have the gift of prophesy to read the writing on the wall.

Once again, we have to emphasize that the Crandall Interview explains all of this and debunks everything McHugh has to say. The Crandall Interview is a must-read before you vote!

In addition, here are the links to the Smalbany investigative articles on McHugh and other related subjects. If you haven’t read them, please read them. Most of his corrupt and crooked operations have been reported in the media, and are out there for all to read on sources like the Times Union and other news media. We provide the links to those articles just to show that we are not investigating and reporting false facts. That’s not how Smalbany operates.



 

Read the Excerpts from Segments 1, 2, and 3 of the Crandall Interview:
Crandall Interview: Segment 1
Crandall Interview: Segment 2
Crandall Interview: Segment 3

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

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

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

George McHugh: His campaign is up in flames.

 

 

 

News Herald My View: Comeback Team = Space Cadets!

The Smalbany Summary of Why George McHugh and his Comeback Losers Team are Bad News for Coeymans will be published on Sunday, November 3, 2019. Stay tuned!


In a My View piece appearing in the Ravena News Herald on October 24, 2019, George McHugh and his Band of Merry Morons make absolute fools of themselves. It’s incredible how desperate the so-called “Comeback Team” is getting but it’s downright insulting how they think they can play Coeymans residents and voters for fools.

Did they really write that?
Did the News Herald really publish it?
Somebody please tell me it’s a joke.

Yes. We agree, George McHugh’s Comeback Team will bring “change” and it won’t be what you’re all expecting. It’ll be change, all right, but will you and your chlidren and grandchildren be able to live through it.

Sure, McHugh and his group will bring change, and after he’s done, he’ll go back to his $700,000 house in Delmar, while the rest of us are choking on black soot and smoke, courtesy of LaFarge and their garbage and tire burning, and while we’re choking on dust and dodging huge trucks on Main Street, Ravena, thanks to Carver Companies. Sure, McHugh and his puppet pups Collins, whose father is in with Carver Laraway and the Port of Coeymans, and Lefevre, who is looking to get a foot in the door by championing “business interests.” Sure, there’ll be change and plenty of it.

Crandall brought clean air, repaved roads, sidewalks, clean water, beautiful parks back to Coeymans. He’s also fully supported Coeymans businesses with tax abatements and improved infrastructure.

Just read what we had to say about McHugh’s record on your air and water quality. When McHugh was last in the Supervisor’s office he padding his own nest, while the raw sewerage was running into Coeymans Creek, the Marina, and the Hudson. Crandall brought clean air, paved roads, clean water, beautiful parks back to Coeymans. McHugh wants to change all that and make Carver Laraway King Carver, and reap the benefits from his Judas work.

We are at a loss how the likes of George McHugh with ethics violations involving money and corruption following him everywhere he goes, can possibly point a finger.

George McHugh and his band of merry morons must think the people and voters of Coeymans are a gaggle of village idiots! Why else would he start off a letter appearing in My View in the October 24, 2019, News Herald with a saying that flies right in his face!?!

McHugh and his band of merry morons start off the article with a “famous slogan” that goes like this:

“Before they tell you what they are going to do, ask them what they have done.”

Look, Georgie, if you;re going to throw a slogan around, make certain it doesn’t boomerang back and hit you in the face…

We agree. We agree! That’s why we published the Crandall Interview. That’s why George McHugh refused to interview or to debate.

It’s actually laughingly ironic: George McHugh and his Comeback Team, Collins and Lefevre, for the past several months have been telling everyone what they’re going to do, because the Comeback Team have done literally nothing. Look, Georgie, if you;re going to throw a slogan around, make certain it doesn’t boomerang back and hit you in the face, morons!

We say they are a band of merry morons because they wrote the piece, and the News Herald published the piece, immediately on the heels of our having published the Crandall Interview. The Crandall Interview smashed the McHugh campaign to bits! It provided a comprehensive history of exactly what Crandall and his Board has done for Coeymans, and if you haven’t read either our excerpts or the transcripts of the Interview, you really must do that before the elections. (Please use the links at the end of this article.)

We all know why George McHugh, Zach Collins and Lefevre are running as the Comback Team. It’s all about money.

Just follow the money to the McHugh’s Kremlin in Coeymans.

Now ask yourelf – better yet, ask George McHugh and his merry band of morons, Zach Collins, Brendan Lefevre, and George “Grinning” Langdon, why McHugh refused to be interviewed? We would have loved to have asked him what he has done but he’d probably have to claim the 5th in order not to incriminate himself. Yes! What has George McHugh done? Or Zach Collins? Or Brendan Lefevre? Please, someone tell us! We’re all ears!

Well, they make great lap dogs.

But the fact is: McHugh refused three times to be interviewed, and so we had to publish the facts we had without his defenses. McHugh also refused three times to debate Mr. Crandall. Why do you think that is? Here’s why: Cowards and criminals hide behind a wall of silence!

So it’s incredible that McHugh, Collins, Lefevre, and Langdon would choose a slogan like that to start off their blather. It just makes no sense to shoot yourself in the foot!!! And they want to run Coeymans?!?

Another fact Coeymans voters need to take to heart: The McHugh band of merry morons calls itself the “Comeback Team” but the only one trying to come back is George McHugh! George Langdon was a dud and no one really knows if he was ever really here or just a rumor; he did absolutely nothing while on the Coeymans Town Board. But back to George McHugh: He’s the only one on the so-called “Comeback Team” who’s coming back. And he’s coming back with a plan to pad his pockets.

Sorry, George, you can run but you can’t hide!

Given the fact that George McHugh refused to be interviewed and refused to debate Phil Crandall, isn’t it a bit nutz that McHugh and his merry band of morons should write something like this: “An unwillingness by an incumbent like Supervisor Crandall to discuss his own record…the Crandall team can only offer insults and innuendo rather than accomplishment, ambition and a vision of progress.”

That is proof positive that George McHugh and his merry band of morons have their heads totally up their butts. Phil Crandall just spent two hours being grilled by Smalbany in an interview that was more than 13,000 words long and made 50 pages of transcription!!! It’s all available for the public to read! Smalbany takes no prisoners but Crandall did beautifully, and made it quite clear that Crandall and his Board have done great things for Coeymans and for Coeymans business, and there’s more coming.

But really, what’s the point, McHugh? Mr Crandall has been in office for 2 terms, 4 years, and has been doing a great job!

What’s your point in bringing a long dead subject up now? Mr Crandall has been in office for 2 terms, 4 years, and has been doing a great job! Crandall has proved he is an effective leader and an ethical and competent Supervisor. Mr. Crandall has always been right up front with his having resigned from the position of Town Justice. Even we at Smalbany have said he was stabbed in the back by Hal Warner and Nancy Warner for political reasons. We said so and published our observations way before there was any threat of George McHugh and the Comeback conspiracy. Crandall, in all truth and justice, resigned, and he explained why he resigned. George McHugh is completely aware of the true facts but won’t admit them. Collins and Lefevre were nowhere around at the time so they can’t have anything to say about it. But really, what’s the point, McHugh? Mr Crandall has proved what he can do and has a great record to show for it. What do you have to show us McHugh, Collins, Lefevre?

Zip it! McHugh

With George McHugh’s record of ethics violations that were investigated not only by the NYS Racing and Wagering Board, the NYS Attorney General, and by McHugh’s own Republican Board back in 2000-2001, when he was misappropriating Town of Coeymans taxpayer dollars should put the lid on McHugh’s misplaced allegations of ethics violations.

We are unimpressed by petition signatures being thrown out in Court. Just look at what happened to Pete Kusminsky’s petitions in Greene County, when he submitted them to be on the Independence Party ballot. His unethical opponent, Diane Benoit, challenged the signatures and had them thrown out on a technicality: They weren’t properly bound!!! Unbelievable, but that’s what happens. There are many other examples, too, so don’t play that card, McHugh. Stupid!

McHugh and his merry band of morons claim that they got Conservative and Independence party endorsements by wide margins. First of all, the Conservative party is the stepchild of the Republican party, it’s a rubber-stamp party posing as an autonomous party. The Albany County Independence party is a third party that will endorse any candidate that comes along with a good lie/line (personal communication from one of our contributors, an Independence Party Committee member!). That’s changing rapidly, especially in Greene County, where the Independence party may just outpace the Republican and Democratic parties, who are becoming irrelevant both locally and beyond.

Be not mistaken, the Albany & State Independence Party is the same bunch that threw out Pete Kuzminsky’s signatures for the Independence Party ballot, and endorsed Diane Benoit, without consulting the Greene County Independence party where she was running for sheriff? Greene County Weasels published two articles on Benoit. Read them and get a better understanding:

Diana Benoit: Questionable Ethics
Playing the Gender Card is a Big Mistake
Diana Meets Amateur Radio

Pete Kuzminsky is kicking ass in Greene County.

Are we perhaps missing something important here? Does the democratic process, the system of open and free elections require that each municipality run at least one total idiot? Is this a test to see if voters have all their marbles? Coeymans has George McHugh, and Greene County has Diane Benoit. Is this a major joke?

And pigs have wings, too. Right George?

And pigs have wings, right George? To be honest, anyone who picks up the Ravena News Herald and believes what George McHugh or any of his band of merry morons write, has a real big problem, and we have a bridge to sell, if you’re interested.

We have published facts and everything that refutes, rebuffs, and contradicts what George McHugh and his band of merry morons write in that October 24, 2019, My View op-ed in the Ravena News Herald. The whole thing is pure rubbish and distorts well-known facts and common knowledge. It’s incredible that anything like that could have gotten into print, but then we’re talking about the Ravena News Herald, aren’t we? It’s common knowledge that George McHugh and Mark Vinciguerra (publisher and owner of the Ravena News Herald) are in bed together; the News Herald is making big bucks from the full-page ads being run by George McHugh in his desperate attempt to take over Coeymans. Lafarge and Carver Laraway are major advertisers in the Ravena News Herald, and George McHugh is their closet “general counsel.” No ethics violations three, right? No conflict of interest there, right? And you can’t see the corruption and weasel-dealing going on? And pigs have wings, right?

Please take a moment and convince yourselves. Read the Crandall Interview and you’ll clearly see McHugh’s deceptions.

George McHugh and his so-called Comeback Team are clearly very desperate, so desperate they can’t even distinguish between their delusions and common knowledge, reality the rest of us inhabit!

Read the Excerpts from Segments 1, 2, and 3 of the Crandall Interview:
Crandall Interview: Segment 1
Crandall Interview: Segment 2
Crandall Interview: Segment 3

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

Specifically about George McHugh’s Lack of Character
George McHugh: Dishonorable Scoundrel! How Dare You!!!
George McHugh: Conspiracy, Misrepresentation, Possible Fraud?

George McHugh is Getting Desperate