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Information on the Poop Senders Investigation

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

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

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


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


A note from the Editor:

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

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

How Citizens Can Protect Themselves and Report Suspicious Activity

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

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

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


The Facts

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

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

The Vendor[1]

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Seller’s Guarantee[2]

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

ONLY COWARDS DO IT ANONYMOUSLY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Criminals at the Computer.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Synopsis of the Criminality of the Act

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

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

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


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

The Unlawful, Illegal, and Asocial Nature of the Product

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

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

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

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

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

The seller further entraps the potential purchaser by ensuring anonymity.

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

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

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

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

“240.30 Aggravated harassment in the second degree.

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

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

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

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

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

The Primary Suspects

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

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

The Whole Community Knows Who is Behind This Atrocity!

Boomer

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

Hagen

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

LaQuire

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

Collins

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

Lefevre

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

McHugh

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

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

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

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

Law Enforcement Investigation of the Criminal Activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THAT’S WHAT YOU ARE, SICKO-S!


Notes:

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

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

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

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

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Albany County Legislature: Public Comment on County Clean Air Law

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


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

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

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

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

Fletcher and Baker
Barely escaped tarring and feathering!

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

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

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

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


Public Comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your attention.

Notes:

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

Bought and Paid For like Common Prostitutes!

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

 

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

Part V: Sick Community Syndrome Conclusion

Don’t let them do it!
Bite back!!!

Why do Abuse Victims Stay in a Sick Community?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some situational reasons for staying in a sick community:

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

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

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

Return to Part IV of the Series
Go to Part I of this Series

 

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)

 

Terrific Passionate Appeal from Supervisor Crandall

Before you vote, you must experience this short appeal from Coeymans Supervisor Crandall!

A Coeymans Vision

Mr Crandall Says so much in three minutes. More than the Comeback Team has been able to say in months!!!

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Crandall Interview: Segment 3 (Final Installment)

Editor’s Follow-up

Carver Laraway is the incarnation of greed. He gets it all and wants more and more. Mr Crandall is right: Enough is enough!

In 2015, his business received $2 million as part of the New York State Regional Economic Development Council award to support a commercial rail line.

In March 2019, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officials ordered Laraway to stop using potentially tainted construction and demolition debris to shore up and expand the sprawling facility. Carver Laraway agreed to a $10,000 fine from the state DEC for taking in thousands of tons of so-called C&D (construction and demolition) debris last fall, even after DEC had warned the company in writing to stop.

According to Albany County real estate records, a Laraway-affiliated company — Coeymans Recycling Center LLC — bought two parcels of land earlier this decade that are being used in the expansion. The first 26-acre parcel sold for $75,000 in 2013, while the second, a 40-acre parcel, sold in April 2018 for $50,000. While the land was zoned for residential use, the Village of Ravena changed it to an industrial zone (thanks to  Village  mayor “Mouse” Misuraca (R)) last summer at Laraway’s request. The land is currently assessed at $92,000, or $33,000 less than its sale price.

And you’re whining for more, Laraway? Take a walk!!!

Segment 3 of the Crandall Interview covers Questions 20 to 25 of the Crandall Interview Questions.

We at Smalbany think differently from the McHugh camp: we believe in openness, ethics, and responsibility. That’s why we put the time and energy into this interview series. We want our readers to know the truth. So let’s get started on Segment 3 of the Crandall Interview. The complete text of Segment 3 of the Crandall Interview is available for viewing Crandall Interview-Segment 3.

Smalbany:- In a recent op-ed/letter to the editor, in the News Herald of August 1, 2019, Mr. McHugh mentions that the present Town administration may have lost 800 jobs connected with the wind projects; yet in a July 25, 2019, article in the News Herald, you greet the project as “good news,” while stating that the Port of Coeymans will be undergoing upgrades for the project. Is the project a GO! or not?

Phil Crandall: The Wind Project is a GO!

Mr. Crandall:-    As far as I know, it’s a GO! What I found out about it is that those jobs are going to be spread out between the Port of Albany, Port of Coeymans, and a few other stops along the way down to New York City. All of those jobs are not going to be coming in to the Port of Coeymans. They don’t know how many jobs are going to be coming but those jobs will be spread out. Will they come? As far as I know there will be jobs there, and they will be assembling these windmills there; they will build a warehouse and they will be assembling them there.

Smalbany:-  McHugh claims that Coeymans has lost 800 jobs.

Mr. Crandall:-    I don’t know how he knows that. Is he a soothsayer or something? Does he have a crystal ball? I don’t know how he could possibly say that as a fact.

Smalbany:- Just as an aside here, I’ve contacted Ms Sarah [read: Sylvia] Lawler, the chair of the Coeymans Conservation Advisory Board chair, and the entire board, asking if they would comment on some of these issues. They both declined. They know that they’re going to be fresh meat if these guys get in, because they’re going to be one of the first things, after the Clean Air Law, that are going to be dismissed.

Mr. Crandall:-    The Friends of Coeymans have used such thuggery, and they’re a front for George McHugh; he’s using them. But they’re such thugs and bullies that they’ve got people scared in this town. And many members of the Conservation Committee have talked about resigning, and I’ve had had to talk to them, “Don’t do that.” After the elections are over, this will all go away. But it’s just wrong the way that they’re bullying people.

Yes. At the first meeting where they appeared, and Mr. LaQuire started to get out-of-line, I stopped it right away. It was probably the first time you heard me yell at a meeting, right? I let him have it. I told him that I was running the Town Board Meeting and, if he was going to act that way, “I am going to have the police officer escort you out.” And he sat down. And then we had a police presence at a couple of more meetings after that, and then we thought we didn’t need it, and so we discontinued it. But I had to set him straight, or else…he’s a bully.”

Smalbany:- Mr. Aaron Flach addressed the Board recently about allocating money for grants to benefit economic development and business development in Coeymans. To what extent can the Town legally allocate funds to benefit Mr. Flach’s projects or organization? What exactly is Mr. Flach asking for?

Mr. Crandall:-    I don’t know if we can. I don’t know. I don’t know the answer to that. He’s asking for the Town and the Village to hire, jointly, an economic developer, and pay his salary, to hire him or her as an economic developer, who will search out grants and write them, and do the things that an economic developer would do. Develop a plan for businesses in Town.

Smalbany:- Is that something the Town should be doing?

Mr. Crandall:-    To me, that’s something…a government shouldn’t be making jobs. A government shouldn’t be paying for stuff like that… Don’t give anyone down on their luck anything to feed their family but give the corporations and the businesses in Town all the corporate welfare they want. I’m not for that.

Mr. Dolan: Just to be clear: He was asking for two different things. One, he was asking for an economic developer, and the last time he was at the Board, he said he was there, that he had talked to some grant writers and often a match is required (75-25), and asked if we would be open to that.

Mr. Crandall:-    A grant match is something I would be open to. But as far as putting taxpayer money into a full-time salary for the businesses, I don’t think I would be for that.

I’m going to insert a factoid in here. Back when Steve Flach (R)– he’s his [Aaron Flach’s] first cousin – back when he was Town Supervisor, Laura vanValkenberg in the first year was our Town Assessor. Well, they pressured her so – and she was sick at the time – and she was pressured by the Town Board at the time, mainly by Flach, to give Aaron a reduction in his assessment over there. And for the next year, it was either 2014 or 2015, he was given a $450,000 cut in his assessment for Faith Plaza. And you can check that out; that’s on the record. You can call Dawn DeRose, and check that out.

Smalbany:- It’s kind of interesting how our Christians are so Christian.

Mr. Crandall:-    Yeah. So he’s given a $450,000 cut in his assessment, why couldn’t he use that money or a part of it to hire a developer? That’s what kills me about these guys. They never have enough. And he never earned his money. John…I know his father John. John gave them all the seed money to start everything they have. So I don’t want to hear that they are self-made people, because none of them really are. The old man is. John is. I’ve been around a while. I know a few people.

Smalbany:- You have been criticized for not having updated the Comprehensive Master Plan for the Town. How do you respond to that statement?

Mr. Crandall:-    Well. What I’ve done for the Town is that I’ve looked at this Master Plan, the Comprehensive Plan, and we’re doing what we can. We have paved more roads, we have laid more infrastructure for pipe for the main water line, for the sewer line, and the storm sewer line. We’ve put more upgrades in the sewer plant than any Town Board in the last 100 years in this Town. We have…really, and I hate to brag, but we have done a lot to help with the infrastructure in this Town, and following the Comprehensive Plan, we’ve been doing that, we have been working on our parks; we have plans to put bathrooms into the parks. We have ideas on how to help this Town. So, YES, we have been following the Comprehensive Plan.

“What do they really mean by “updating” it? If they mean by “updating” it making it more business friendly so they can rape the taxpayers, well, NO! I’m not for that…I’m not against the businessman but I’m not going to be for the business man and not for the taxpayer. There has to be a balance here. Everyone has to pay their fair share.”

“Now one thing we have done for the comprehensive plan is to ensure a fair tax plan by having a re-evaluation done.”

Smalbany:- The same question applies to the Town’s Zoning Ordinance. I think that was one of the criticisms that it wasn’t updated. Is this a real issue and what is your response?

Mr. Dolan:- Yeah. And you probably remember the last time. That when everything North of the bridge here, going out of Town, was zoned industrial. With all the people that lived in North Coeymans, and that was challenged in court, and that was thrown out by a state Supreme Court judge, who said that the Town Board did not take a hard look at the fact report. The judge said that performing an adequate SEQR is no small part of changing the law. Now, after that happened the Town did a re-zone for the nine properties associated with Carver [Carver Laraway], so they re-zoned. And so they decided there goes the big mess of doing a town-wide rezoning project, so they did just the rezoning of the properties for Mr. Laraway.

Smalbany:- Another red herring, in other words.

Mr. Crandall:-    It was like this guy [Carver Laraway] comes into town – and I don’t begrudge him his business; he’s trying to make the port good and bring jobs into town – but all of a sudden he wants to be king! He wants total control of the Town. And it’s very obvious that he does want it because his main man, George McHugh, is his ex-chief counsel [read: lawyer] is running for Supervisor with plenty of connections to Carver Laraway. His first wife married him [Laraway]; his son is running the show in Charlotte. Hey, what the hell! We can get all the family in here. Then you have Zach Collins, Little Boy Blue, who’s never really done anything in his life, and another guy with a silver spoon in his mouth from his grandfather, Ziggy Collins, starting the businesses out there. He (Zach Collins) doesn’t even own property in the Town. They don’t even pay property taxes, and now he wants to run for office and has all this experience. But he doesn’t. He doesn’t. He’s got the name “Collins” and he’s hoping to capitalize on that, because as we all know, it’s a popularity contest.

And then you have of course Albert Collins in the Port of Coeymans. You have Albert Collins down there kissing butt all the time; he does business with him with gravel, and salt, and he’s with is dumpsters down there all the time. He uses those with Carver [Laraway]; he does a lot of business

And now Brandon Lefevre, he might be a nice kid, but I don’t really know him. But I do know this: He’s lived in Albany up to about a year ago, and now he’s back home, living in his father’s basement, and he’s running for office. His father works for Carver Laraway. So, the Carver connection is there. Nobody can tell me Carver Laraway’s not trying to take over the Town, because he is.

“C’mon. It’s getting to the point where it’s absolutely ridiculous: One lie after another. If they could prove it. Hard facts. Show me your documentation and prove it.”

Smalbany:- That’s why we’re sitting here now. That’s why Mr. McHugh, after three requests, didn’t have the courtesy to respond, let alone subject himself to answering the hard questions.

Mr. Crandall:-    All three of us on the Democratic side agreed to a debate. On the first date, they changed the debate because George McHugh didn’t like it. The second date they gave him, he agreed, and all Republicans agreed. So, everyone was agreeing, and all of a sudden, because of the “empty chair rule,” we’re [McHugh and his people] withdrawing, we’re pulling out?[1] The “empty chair rule” was there when you agreed to debate, you knew it was there. He really didn’t want a debate; he was hoping that I wouldn’t agree to a debate. But I did. I did agree, because there was a lot of things I wanted to bring out. There’s a lot of stuff here.

Another thing I wanted to bring out was his federal judgeship.[2] I wanted to ask him about that. Now I was a town judge. It’s on my résumé, it’s on everything I pass out. A former town judge, and you know how many people ask me about it? One. One person asked me about it out in the Hollow: “What happened?” And I told him. I told him what happened.

Mr. Crandall:-    That’s OK. He was a federal judge. What happened to that judgeship?!? Why isn’t he claiming that on his résumé?[3] Listen. He had a judgeship.

Smalbany:- I know that but he’d never be able to practice law while he was doing that, he’d never be able to take private clients, he would be losing gazillions.

Mr. Crandall:-    I understand that. But why doesn’t he list it on his résumé?

Smalbany:- Yes. Why doesn’t he? That’s a question we’d ask. And what’s his motivation in giving that up? What was in it for you?

Community Observer’s Comment:-   [Addressing question to Mr. Crandall] Better question: What are you making right now?

Mr. Crandall:-    $35,000.

Community Observer’s Comment:-   So why would you go from $175K to $35K?

Mr. Crandall:-    It’s obvious: there’s big money to be made for LaFarge and for Carver Laraway. Huge money. Were talking huge.

Community Observer’s Comment:-   I’m asking as a naïve voter.

Mr. Crandall:-    Even so. Why isn’t there even anything said about this? And why …

Smalbany:- But he hasn’t answered any of the questions, so I have to go with what I’ve got. He’s been given three chances to sit down and clarify them. He has answered nothing.

“One more question: Regarding Mr. Daniel D. Baker’s attendance at the Boat House meeting with McHugh and Collins: Is he trustworthy on the board or is he a confederate of the McHugh group and the Friends of Coeymans mob? Is he passing information to them? That was on May 2, with [name redacted] and her husband [name redacted]. McHugh brought Collins, who was acting as hand-puppet for McHugh, and Daniel Baker showed up at that same meeting, and he refused to stay if the meeting were recorded, because, in his words, according to the [name redacted], he “had too much at stake.””

Mr. Crandall:-    Baker said that? Hmmm.

Smalbany:- Apparently you didn’t know about the meeting.

Mr. Crandall:-    No I did not.

Smalbany:- My question is: Given that information, is he trustworthy on the board, or is Baker a confederate of the McHugh group and the Friends of Coeymans mob, and is it possible that he’s [Baker] passing on information about what’s going on on the Town Board?

Mr. Crandall:–    Up until January, I’ll say, of this year, Dan Baker was, I thought he was a team player. He didn’t do a lot but he didn’t hinder me in all the progressive things we wanted to do, and he voted for everything. We always had a 5-0 vote on everything. Starting in January 2019 something changed; all I can think is that McHugh gave him his marching orders: “I’m running. Here’s what you’re going to do: You’re going to cause chaos, you’re going to cause questions, you’re going to vote against the Clean Air Law, you’re going to get me any information on Crandall. That’s my speculation, and that’s the impression I’m getting from Dan Baker right up until now.

Smalbany:- Why would he show up at a meeting with McHugh and Collins, a meeting that was supposed to be a defusing meeting between McHugh-Collins and [names redacted] to discuss the Friends of Coeymans? And when he did show up, why did he insist that it [the meeting] not be recorded, because “he  [Baker[ had too much at stake”?

Mr. Crandall:-    I don’t know. Except, maybe he [Baker] was offered a piece of the pie, too, if George McHugh wins. That’s all I can tell you. I don’t know.

“I always thought he was pretty sincere, and that he was a go-along guy up until January. After that, it’s all been downhill. He’s been riding roughshod over us, or trying to.”

“I thought I’d offer him an olive leaf [read: branch]; I didn’t have to do this but I said, when we were interviewing the Planing Board members, I said, “Dan, would you like to sit in on the interviews with me?” He said, “Yes. I’d like that.” So, we both interviewed the Planning Board members [read: applicants; Mr. Crandall corrects himself]. After we were done with the applicants, he raved about Rick Batagglia: “That guy is sharp, he’s got to be the chairman.” We agreed. So, I said that at the next meeting, we’ll appoint him to be chair. He agreed with me. He calls me two days before the meeting, ‘I’ve had a change of heart. I don’t want Batagglia, I want these other two people.'”

“It was very clear to any intelligent person that Nick Batagglia should be on the Planning Board; he should be the chair. He’s a lawyer, he handles Article 78 all the time in Federal Court, the guy is really sharp. You sit down and talk to him and you’ll find out. He knows his stuff. When he [Baker] did that, that was it. I was done with him. I was not nice to him but then he calls me up and says, “I want to put up my own resolution. How can I get Heather to do this for me?” And I said very nicely, “Dan, she’s the secretary to the Supervisor. She doesn’t work for you. Go see George McHugh. He’ll write it for you.” That’s exactly what I said. I was nice. “Go see George McHugh. He’ll write it for you.” Baker: “Oh, oh! I can write them up myself.”

Smalbany:- Good for you.

Mr. Dolan:-  Then, after we voted as the full Board for the two open seats, then he [Baker] offers a resolution to fill a vacant seat where there was none.

Smalbany:- That’s where it came from. It came from Baker?

Mr. Crandall:-    Baker.

Mr. Dolan:-       Yeah!

Smalbany:- Tanner and that idiot-child Mary Driscoll are tearing you guys apart about this, and it came from him [Baker]?

Mr. Crandall:-    Yeah. And against the advice of our attorney. Our attorney stopped him and said, “You shouldn’t do this.”

Smalbany:- And they’re tagging you with that?

Mr. Crandall:-    Of course! It’s right in the minutes.

Mr. Dolan:-  Our attorney said: “Councilman Baker: You are asking this Board to do something that is physically impossible, to appoint someone to a vacant seat that doesn’t exist.” He [Baker] says, “I want to do it anyway.” The lawyer cautioned him, “You might be setting a bad precedent for the board, because anytime the Town…”

Mr. Crandall:-    Your not dealing with guys with the most brains here.

Mr. Dolan:-  So Baker says, “So I want to pass it without setting precedent.” And the lawyer said, “You can’t do that.” And then the attorney cautions him again, “I’m going to caution you again not to do it. It’s a physical impossibility.” And Baker says, “I’ll take full responsibility.”

Mr. Crandall:-    He did say that. He said, “I’ll take full responsibility for this.”

Mr. Dolan:-  And then he did it again for the other person he wanted to appoint, Nate Boomer.

Smalbany:- Nate Boomer?

Mr. Dolan:-  Yeah.

Smalbany:- From the Friends of Coeymans?

Mr. Dolan:-  Yes.

Smalbany:- These people can’t even stay under cover. He wanted to put Nate Boomer, the assistant grounds, not even a full grounds keeper, on the Planning Board. Seriously. He [Nate Boomer] makes Ms Piggy look smart.

Mr. Crandall:-    They fill Ms Tanner and Ms Driscoll with all kinds of lies and they just go up there, and repeat everything they’ve been told.

Smalbany:- Mr. Crandall, Mr. Dolan, this is the final opportunity in this Marathon for you to make any comments, to make any additions, which you think would round this out.

Mr. Dolan:-  I don’t. I think we’ve covered it, and I that’s the most important thing.

Mr. Crandall:-    I have one final statement to make: I implore the people to vote for me, for my board, myself and my candidates. We have to keep clean air, clean soil, clean water in our Town. If we don’t the Town is going to die. Nobody will come here; if they do, they’ll die. We have to keep the Clean Air Law intact. If you don’t care about anything else in this Town; if you don’t care about your own life, think about the lives of your kids, and your grandkids, and the kids in a 10-mile radius. Because that’s the kids who are dying from what’s coming out of that smokestack at LaFarge. If you allow them to start burning tires, and garbage, and municipal and hospital waste, and whatever else they want. They don’t care about us. These people don’t live here. We live here. And I want to live. And I want everyone to live.

***** END OF INTERVIEW *****

Between October 28 and November 4th, we’ll be publishing more about corrupt candidate George McHugh, Carver Laraway, Billy Biers,and others. Stay tuned!


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

[1] The “[no] empty chair rule” is a rule that states that if all candidates are present, the debate can go forward; if any candidate is absent, the “empty chair,” the process cannot go forward.

[2] In 2015, George McHugh was appointed to be an Administrative Law Judge for the Social Security’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (SSODAR), a lifetime appointment. It is a federal position but McHugh is silent on what happened and the SSODAR does not respond to questions regarding his judgeship.

[3] The judgeship is not mentioned on the main McHugh Law Firm site page (https://www.mchugh-lawfirm.com)  but is mentioned on the “about” webpage but does not provide details. (Source: https://www.mchugh-lawfirm.com/about.htm, last accessed on October 18, 2019).