RSS

Category Archives: Port of Coeymans

Get Used to Smelling Burning Garbage!

We said this would happen but we had no idea they’d start so soon. The so-called Comeback Team has already met, according to reliable sources, with LaFarge-Holcim to discuss what changes LaFarge wants them to make to the Clean Air Law. The favors have only just begun! Thanks to Coeymans voters!

McHugh, Collins, LeFevre met with LaFarge-Holcim to discuss Clean Air Law Changes.

We’d like to adapt a quote a bit from Wm. Shakespeare’s tragedy, MacBeth, the Three-Witches scene:

Adapted from Shakespeare’s Macbeth

The Players
First Villain — George McHugh
Second Villain — Brendan Lefevre
Third Villain — Zacchary Collins

ACT I  SCENE I

A deserted place in Coeymans, at the LaFarge-Holcim offices.

[Thunder and lightning. Enter three villains]

First Villain:     When shall we three meet again?

Second Villain: When the hurly-burly, the chaos’s done,
When the battle’s lost and won.
The day after we’re sworn in.

Third Villain:    That will be ere the set of sun.
Dirty air will kill the fun.

First Villain:     Where the place?

Second Villain: At Coeymans town.

Third Villain:    There to meet with the Masters.

First Villain:     I come, graymalkin, my evil guardian!

Second Villain: The toad calls.

Third Villain:    Anon!

ALL THREE:   The air is foul, and foul is the air:
We hover through fog and filthy air.

[They Exit]

 

No McHugh, Comeback Team, Carver Connection? C’mon!

The huge illuminated flashing sign shown below is positioned at the entrance to the Port of Coeymans and Coeymans Industrial Park. You are hit with it when entering the Hamlet from the North. Now, people, is there someone out there who is going to tell me that there’s no McHugh-Comeback Team connection with Carver Laraway and Carver Companies? McHugh has already stated publicly that he will continue to accept legal work from Carver, even if elected to be Supervisor! Now doesn’t that tell you the real story behind McHugh’s desperate need to be Supervisor?


We apologize, but because of lighting the text on the sign is difficult to capture. But we don’t know how anyone can miss it when approaching the Hamlet. It reads “Vote for McHugh, Collins, Lefevre, Langdon tomorrow.”

How desperate can they get?

 

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

 

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.

 

 

 

Crandall Interview: Segment 2

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

George McHugh = Ethics Violations = Corruption.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vinciguerra of Capital Region Independent Media LLC, and publisher of the Ravena News Herald. Anything but “Independent” and a perversion of what the News Herald once was. Vinciguerra is McHugh’s and Carver Laraway’s media sock puppet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“But did he mention that? No!

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

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

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

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

Smalbany:- Sure. I wish you would.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Read the Excerpts from Segments 1 and 3 of the Crandall Interview:
Crandall Interview: Segment 1
You are at Crandall Interview: Segment 2
Crandall Interview: Segment 3

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


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

 

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

The first installment of the Crandall Interview was published
on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.

But first, a word about the purpose and the information obtained in the interview.

The Crandall Interview actually took place at Coeymans Town Hall, after hours, at 5:30 p.m. on October 16, 2019. Mr. Crandall immediately accepted the invitation to interview back in September, and waited for Smalbany to propose the dates. It should be noted that Mr. George McHugh received the same invitation three times between mid-September and mid-October; McHugh never responded. It should also be noted that Mr. McHugh declined three opportunities to participate in a debate with Mr. Crandall.


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


 A PLEA FROM THE EDITOR
Please do not vote until you have a chance to read the Crandall Interview!
Please do not use absentee ballots unless absolutely necessary. Never hand over an absentee ballot to someone you don’t personally know well and trust. Never hand over your absentee ballot to a person working for a campaign or for the candidate. Absentee ballots are very easy to tamper with. That’s why they’re always the subject of recounts, throw-outs, and lawsuits. The Albany Times Union recently published an article voicing concern about absentee ballots in Coeymans!
Can campaigners grab too many absentee ballots?
Your community, your clean air, your clean water, your clean soil, your kids’ lungs are at stake here.


Both Mr. Crandall and Mr. McHugh were provided in advance with a list of possible questions that the interviewer would be asking but were advised in advance that the interviewer was not restricted to those questions, and may either ignore some or add others, depending on how the interview progressed.

In the final interview, Mr. Crandall was provided with an expanded final list of 25 questions. Mr. Crandall declined to answer only two (2) of those questions because they concerned the death of Riley Kern, [1] an investigation involving the operations of the Coeymans Police Department, which may result in a law suit. Mr. Crandall had to defer to the town attorney’s advice to avoid answering any questions relating to that accident and the young man’s death. We were not pleased with that decision, but we must admit that it was reasonable, almost expected. But we did try.

Both sides, Smalbany and Mr. Crandall, were allowed to have one observer present. Mr. Crandall had previously requested that we accept Mr. Tom Dolan as the Town’s observer, and we agreed. Smalbany’s interviewer was a non-partisan, uninterested, professional who does not reside in Coeymans. It was important that the interviewer not have any special interest in the political campaigns nor any interest in the outcomes. Smalbany’s observer was a member selected from the Coeymans-Ravena community, who is not only a property owner, but a long-time resident of the region with personal knowledge of its political history.

It must be said from the outset that Mr. Crandall was incredibly open and candid in his answers, and did not hesitate to respond, even when the interviewer got a bit “prickly” and poked into some controversial areas. It must also be said that the interviewer is a no-nonsense professional, and would likely have not tolerated any double-talk or smoke-and-mirrors.

25 Questions, 2 Hours, almost 13,000 words, 50 pages of transcript.

The interview lasted more than 2 hours. The interview was digitally recorded in three (3) segments. The three segments were then transcribed. The interview transcription consists of 50 double-spaced pages, a total of almost 13,000 words. Both the digital transcription and the unredacted transcriptions were provided to both Mr. Crandall and Mr. Dolan for review and for correction of any transcription errors, such as dates or names, etc.

Interview Questions for Supervisor Crandall: Crandall Interview Questions

The Smalbany blog publication of the content of the Crandall Interview will be published in a condensed form, discussing the main points of the interview. That being said, the full transcripts of the complete interview, together with any corrections sheets, will also be published and available for our readers to read in their entirety, if a reader should wish to do so.

The Crandall Interview was done for the information of the voting public and the People of the Town of Coeymans and beyond. There is nothing whatsoever that would be hidden from the public. At the end of the interview, Mr. Crandall was made aware of the fact that the interview would be published unedited. He did not object.

The overall impression of the Crandall Interview.

Mr Crandall was gracious enough to open himself up to what might have been the worst experience of his political career. He had the courage to step up and represent what he and his Board have done and what they plan to do. Smalbany didn’t cut him any slack; just the facts and back them up. Mr Crandall cooperated completely. Bravo for Mr Crandall!

At this writing, we are waiting for corrections of several names in the first segment of the Interview. If those corrections are not received by close of business on Monday, October 21, 2019, we intend to publish the uncorrected Segment 1, reserving the right to correct the names once we receive the correction sheets from Mr. Crandall or Mr. Dolan.

We hope that the Coeymans community appreciate our time and effort put into this interview, its transcription, and its publication. Every effort has been made to assure quality, completeness, and honesty in the facts elicited during the interview.

We invite our readers’ comments and any additional facts from the community. Please leave a comment.


As for Mr. George McHugh, we find it offensive and unethical that he should avoid answering questions about his background and his claims as a candidate for public office. We are shocked that Mr. McHugh avoided public debate with Mr. Crandall and his running mates.

People: Make your own decisions. Why won’t he answer your questions?

If McHugh won’t answer the public’s questions now, what can you expect from him if he ever gets back into office.[2]

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

 


[1] 19-year old Riley was killed in a pick-up truck-motorcycle accident last year just outside the Sycamore Country Club. Chris Hagen’s brother, Travis Hagen, was the killer in the pick-up truck. Chris Hagen is one of the Friends of Coeymans bully group, along with Jeff LeQuire and Nate Boomer, the Coeymanazi Clowns. Coeymans Police did not comply with the law in their investigation. There are a number of critical questions associated with the tragedy.

[2] We will publish the results of our research on Mr. McHugh and his misinformation and outright lies in separate articles. Prepare to be very shocked that such a scoundrel would even set foot in public!

 

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

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

After the First Lie, Everything Else is a Lie

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

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Scenes of Unimaginable Horror and Suffering

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

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

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The real-life heroes of September 11, 2001

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

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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

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

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

If you received this McHugh campaign card…

Read this very carefully:

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

After the first lie, everything else is a lie!

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

In May 2001

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Just another bloodsucking attorney in town.

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

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

March 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Before you leave, please Follow this Blog, and leave a comment for other readers to see.
You may also be interested in joining the RCS Champions Facebook page, where you can share with other subscribers.
We have posted several pages that you should read as a Smalbany blog visitor, follower, or subscriber.
These three are the most important:
About Our Blog “Smalbany, New York”
copy and share this short link with your contacts: https://wp.me/P2jPFe-2
A Sincere Invitation from the Editor
copy and share this short link with your contacts: https://wp.me/P2jPFe-ih
A Word on Copyright and Ownership & DCMA
copy and share this short link with your contacts: https://wp.me/P2jPFe-22x

Special Notice: We make every effort to be truthful, complete, fair, and balanced on this blog; therefore, if you see anything that you know to be false or incorrect, or if you have additional information to clarify any issue, please let us know by e-mailing your information or by leaving a comment. It’s very important to us that we don’t fall into the same category as those whom this blog is intended to expose. Thank you very much in advance for your cooperation and assistance!

As Regards CopyrightIf any image or excerpt should appear and if the alleged owner claims copyrights, we defend our use of that image or excerpt under the doctrine of “fair use.’ While we do not generally remove material for which copyright is alleged or claimed, we are pleased to include an appropriate credit or a link to the relevant site, if not already provided. For more information visit our page About Copyright.