RSS

Category Archives: Uncategorized

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 IV

Some Practical Observations About Sick Communities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Coeymans Gaslighters

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Sources::

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

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

Return to Part III of the Series

Go to Part V of this Series (To be published on November 19, 2019)

 
4 Comments

Posted by on November 18, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Disgusting!

COEYMANS, NEW YORK

DISGUSTING! INCREDIBLY BACKWARD!

Coeymans’ Message to the World

Coeymans, New York — Albany County — AVOID IT!

Ravena-Coeymans has branded itself forever. It’s now the place to avoid if you’re considering a place to purchase a home, start a business, or raise a family. Under past Republican administrations the town was buried in debt, filth, and derelict buildings. It was hemorrhaging small businesses. The same crowd is back in Coeymans Town Hall.

The Crandall era ushered in fiscal surplus and progress on environmental issues, infrastructure, recreation, and community.

It seems that’s not what Coeymans voters wanted. Instead the 2019 elections prove that Coeymans loves abuse, bullyism, thuggery, a liar and immoral thug for Supervisor, two lack-luster inexperienced puppets with family connections to the Republican supervisor’s main clients, and all this with the help of a trio of neonazi-like clowns.

You deserve everything you get! Good luck! You’ll need it!

 
2 Comments

Posted by on November 7, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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

 

About New Baltimore and Unopposed Candidates

NEW BALTIMORE…

Two Years Ago The Same Shame Happened in New Baltimore as Is Happening Now

Unopposed Candidates Deprive You of Your Voice, Your Vote

This will probably be the shortest article we’ve ever posted! But the message is very important.

The major parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, are too preoccupied with infighting and backstabbing to spend any time finding good candidates. Furthermore, most people today are so apathetic and so ignorant, that they use every excuse in the book NOT to vote, and so the situation gets even more desperate, because those who do vote are puppets, either they expect to benefit from their vote or they vote by their label (Republican, Democrat, etc.), not on the merits of the candidate.


Every time we hear the statement, “I’m a Democrat” or “I’m a Republican,” I hear the speaker saying “I’m not a person, I’m a label.” Most don’t even know what a Republican or a Democrat means, they simply associate the label with a habit or with a politician’s face. That’s it in a nutshell.

But our point is not what you call yourself or what your choice is. Our point is that you must first have a choice in a participative democracy. When the major parties serve up a bucket of manure and call it a decent ballot, that’s plain bullshit in a bucket, not a choice.

Worse still, when the major parties can’t even come up with a candidate and one of the parties runs what is called an “unopposed” candidate or the election is called an “uncontested” election, that’s the very worst thing to happen. They are literally depriving you of your rights to choose who governs you; they deprive you of your right to participate in your government; they silence your voice.

When you see an unopposed candidate or no one running against a candidate, DON’T CAST A VOTE FOR THAT CANDIDATE. DON’T GIVE HIM THE NUMBERS. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD THROUGH YOUR SILENCE. SHOW THE UNOPPOSED CANDIDATE THAT YOU’D RATHER NOT CAST A VOTE FOR HIM THAN WASTE YOUR VOTE. IT’S A SHAM EVEN TO PUT HIS NAME ON A BALLOT. AN UNOPPOSED CANDIDATE IS ALREADY IN OFFICE BY DEFAULT, NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO!!!

So, New Baltimore voters, Jeff Ruso is running for the second time on the Republican etc. line UNOPPOSED, just like he did two years ago. Ruso already ran unopposed in the last elections and is running unopposed again! Democrats in New Baltimore couldn’t come up with anyone to run against him.

SHAME ON NEW BALTIMORE!!!
SHAME ON NEW BALTIMORE DEMOCRATS!!!

SHAME ON NEW BALTIMORE REPUBLICANS!!!

In the 2017 elections we asked New Baltimore voters not to cast a vote for unopposed candidates, not to given them the numbers. More than a majority of voters going to the polls followed our advice and send a powerful message to the parties. The parties ignored the voters’ message though. It’s time to repeat that message to the parties: NO MORE UNOPPOSED CANDIDATES. They’re the party’s choice, not the people’s choice.

A VanWormer (Scott VanWormer) ran last elections in 2017 UNOPPOSED for New Baltimore Highway Superintendent, now his BROTHER, Alan VanWormer, is running for the same office UNOPPOSED.  Again, More than a majority of voters going to the polls followed our advice and send a powerful message to the parties. The parties ignored the voters’ message though. It’s time to repeat that message to the parties: NO MORE UNOPPOSED CANDIDATES. They’re the party’s choice, not the people’s choice.

IF THE CANDIDATE IS UNOPPOSED, DON’T CAST A VOTE FOR HIM!
DON’T GIVE HIM THE SATISFACTION OF THE NUMBERS!

Is this UGANDA? HAITI? SYRIA?
What’s happened to American Democracy?

To learn more about unopposed candidates and uncontested elections, read our 2017 articles:

No Choice! Unopposed Candidates? Here’s the Plan…

Unopposed Candidates: The Denial of Your Vote

DENIED YOUR VOTE: Unopposed Candidates and Uncontested Elections.

Republicans and Democrats are Too Busy Backstabbing!

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on November 4, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

McHugh, Comeback Team In Summary

SO MANY QUESTIONS, SO FEW ANSWERS

The George McHugh, Zacchary Collins, and Brendan Lefevre Team

Question: If George McHugh, Zacchary Collins and Brendan Lefevre are so-o-o-o interested in what’s going on in the Town of Coeymans, Maybe they Can Tell Us Why They have been so Conspicuously ABSENT and INVISIBLE at Coeymans Town Board meetings in the past?

Collins and Lefevre were sighted at one single Coeymans Town Board Meeting (October 24, 2019?) meeting. No one seems to have seen George McHugh at any Coeymans Town Board meeting, with one exception in 2017 [?], when he made a promotional presentation for Carver Laraway. There is also a rumor that someone saw George McHugh sitting in the back of the room at one Coeymans Town Board meeting. None of them —not McHugh, Collins, or Lefevre — have addressed the Board or made public comment at any Coeymans Town Board meeting of recent memory (approx. 2 years) to the best of our knowledge.

If anyone has better information (dates, please!), we’d like to hear from you!

Question: Who is Zachary Collins? Who is Brendan Lefevre?Actually, they’re two nobodies. They have no experience and they may not even have jobs!

We do know that Collins is the son of the Collins who runs Collins Bros. of Coeymans Hollow, a family business who provides various fuels and hauling services. Collins is banking on name-recognition to carry his campaign, probably because he has nothing else to offer. Sure, he’ll get some votes because some suckers will bend over for dear old dad, but that’s it. Zach Collins has nothing else to offer.

 

Brendan Lefevre is an even bigger nobody. He’s a blow-hard who thinks he knows something about business but actually he’s just a pretty face, an empty head. How he got into RPI’s business program is anybody’s guess. He doesn’t have brains enough to pick better running mates, that’s for certain.

The two pups are great for McHugh: Georgie doesn’t have to cope with grown men with life experience, who might have the gonads to question McHugh. With Collins and Lefevre, he has two pups he can easily manipulate, as he’s doing now, and turn into his two little puppets, which they are now. Two puppets and three Clowns, with ringmaster Georgie McHugh = the Coeymans Circus!!!

Question: McHugh and the Comeback Team are Backpedaling: They haven’t disclosed where they’re getting all the money to pay for those full-page campaign ads in every Ravena News Herald Issue, or where the money is coming from for huge billboard signs, or for the campaign cards that seem to be coming non-stop filled with disinformation, fake promises, lies? Where’s the money coming from? How much have they spent? Where’s the campaign funding and election money disclosure?

George McHugh = Ethics Violations = Corruption.

McHugh and the Comeback Team are tight-lipped about anything and everything. Haven’t you wondered where all the money is coming from to pay for their extravagant campaign? That stuff costs big bucks! It has to be financed by someone. And accurate and detailed records of contributions, donations, costs, expenses, etc. have to be kept. So where is the campaign funding disclosure? Has anyone produced those records? Has anyone seen what they’ve spent and what they’re spending, and where it’s coming from?

Look, people: George McHugh and the so-called Comeback team are talking out of both sides of their faces. First, they claim to be there to support the people of Coeymans but they’re trying at the same time to steal Supervisor Crandall’s and his Board’s accomplishments and call them their own, or by denying what Crandall has already done, and then promising to do what he’s already done. That’s crazy! It’s dishonest! It’s dumbass!

But the really sinister thing that the people of Coeymans have to really take a look at is this: McHugh and his so-called Comeback Team have been emphasizing, and we do mean emphasizing, that they are business-friendly. Now we all know who their closest business friends are: Carver Laraway and Lafarge, along with Aaron Flack, whose major investments have gone to Coxsackie, while he’s soaked Ravena-Coeymans, and Billy Biers, who complains that he had to withdraw his waste-storage warehouse plans, but doesn’t tell the truth about why. Truth: He didn’t do and didn’t want to do the required studies demanded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation!!! We have the documents! Carver Laraway and Billy Biers physically appeared at Coeymans Town Board meetings and LIED in public!

But that’s all common knowledge. The real question is this: If George McHugh and his so-called Comeback team, Collins and Lefevre, are so business friendly, and if they know so much about business, can you actually believe that they would be spending that kind of money on a local political campaign without expecting, knowing that the investment will pay off big time? Any business man investing that kind of money certainly isn’t throwing it out the window, and they aren’t spending the money out of charity or goodness of their hearts. The ANSWER is that they expect to reap big profits on their investment. And where do you think the money is going to come from? After they take care of LaFarge, Carver Laraway, Aaron Flach, Billy Biers, what do you think will be left for residents of Coeymans? Think there’ll be any crumbs left for Coeymans residents? Do you really think you’ll get that Thanksgiving turkey or that Christmas ham from LaFarge, Carver Companies, Flach, Biers, McHugh, Collins, Lefevre?  Do you really think that if you elect Zachary Collins that his real daddy at Collins Brothers Fuel and Hauling will give you a free tank of heating oil this winter? If you do, you’ll also be looking up to see if you can spot those flying pigs McHugh, Collins, and Lefevre are telling you they’re going to being to Coeymans with their circus act, if elected.

Read the most recent pack of lies sent to your homes courtesy of McHugh, Collins, and Lefevre at: “Comeback Team and More Misinformation about the Clean Air Law

And pigs have wings, too. Right George?

Question: Why did George McHuge refuse to be interviewed? Why did George McHugh refuse to debate Supervisor Phillip Crandall?

Phil Crandall answered 25 Questions, 2 Hours, more than 12,000 words, 50 pages of transcript.
George McHugh refused to answer any.

McHugh’s Avoidance of Disclosure and Transparency is troubling at the very least. McHugh and his so-called Comeback Team have been preaching and printing weasel-words about openness and transparency but they don’t seem to be able to come up with any openness or transparency. If they’re not open and transparent now, what can you expect if they were ever elected?

We have already spent a great deal of time researching the answers and publishing them for all the world to read. Maybe you’d like to read them for yourself:

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

 Question: Why does George McHugh’s Ethics Problems seem to disappear all of a sudden?

George McHugh has left a trail of ethics violations that have involved money and corruption. It’s public record that he was shown the door at the NYS Racing and Wagering Board because of his ethics violations involving a private client and, of course, money. He was investigated by the NYS Attorney General for ethics violations. That’s all public knowledge and it all involved McHugh’s greed and money. In 2000-2001, George McHugh was investigated by his own Republican Board and the Coeymans Police for ethics violations involving misuse of taxpayer money, when he had his own property surveyed and paid for by the Town. And have we forgotten his ethics violation and abuse of public office with the annexation of his property to the Village of Ravena to get water and sewer services? Now that’s he’s working for LaFarge and Carver Companies’ interests, what can you expect if he were ever elected to be Supervisor, packing the Town Board with his puppets Collins, Lefevre, and Baker? Catastrophe for Coeymans!

All foreign words to McHugh and the Comebacks!

Question: How can Coeymans Voters Overlook George McHugh’s Problems with Telling the Truth?

In 2001, George McHugh was reported in the Ravena News Herald as giving the reasons for his not seeking re-election: “to be with family and to give more attention to his law practice. In 2019, he changes his story to make it appear he didn’t seek re-election because of 9/11.

We reported on his lies in greater detail in our article, “George McHugh: Conspiracy, Misrepresentation, Possible Fraud?” and in “George McHugh: Dishonorable Scoundrel! How Dare You!!!“, where we discuss his disgrace to the uniform and disrespect of the real heroes and victims of 9/11.

Question: Can Coeymans Voters Ignore George McHugh’s Disgrace: Using 9/11 Lie to Make Himself Look Like a Patriot, and Gain Political Capital.

We discuss this outrageous scandal in “George McHugh: Dishonorable Scoundrel! How Dare You!!!“, where we discuss his disgrace to the uniform and disrespect of the real heroes and victims of 9/11. George McHugh has no respect for the honor of the uniform and no respect for the real heroes and victims of 9/11. Do you think George McHugh has any more respect for you, the residents and voters of Coeymans?

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

Question: George McHugh is Obviously Using and Taking Advantage of Two Naive, Inexperienced Young Men — George McHugh’s Exploitation of Zachary Collins and Brendan Lefevre as his Political Puppets!

George McHugh has no character! He’ll stop at nothing and use anyone to get what he wants. He’s already gone through 4 wives, and now want to take advantage of Collins and Lefevre to boost his failing campaign, and his sneaky attempt to pack the Coeymans Town Board with his puppets! If McHugh has taken advantage of numerous women in addition to his 4 wives, which he has done, and he’s attempting to dupe and take advantage of two naive, inexperienced young men, what can you expect if he’s ever elected to public office? You can expect the worst!

Question: How Can Coeymans Believe Anything George McHugh or the so-called Comeback Team Says in Their Program of Disinformation, Misinformation, Malinformation and Lies?

George McHugh and his Comeback Team have been writing misleading and untrue letters to the editor, op-eds, and have been invading your homes with campaign mailings that are the epitome of disinformation, misinformatin, malinformation, and outright lies. They apparently think that if they say it enough times it will be come true. That’s how pathological liars think. Anyone with half of a brain and who is awake can see that they are stealing Supervisor Crandall’s accomplishments and programs. Worse still, they are denying what he has actually done as Supervisor! Look around Coeymans, people: newly paved streets and roads, new sidewalks, beautiful parks, and YES! 25 new businesses, 11 of which are actually in the Port of Coeymans and Coeymans Industrial Park! Carver Laraway, Billy Biers, and LaFarge won’t admit that, though, because they want even more! What McHugh hands over to Carver Laraway, LaFarge, and others, you lose, Coeymans residents, and you lose it FOREVER!!!

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

Question: How can Coeymans Residents Ignore George McHugh’s Use and Exploitation of the so-called Friends of Coeymans’ Bullyism and Thuggery to Initimidate Opponents?

Barbara Tanner wrote in a letter to the editor that appeared in the Ravena News Herald, saying that Coeymans Town Board meetings have become a circus. Yes! And the Friends of Coeymans, the Coeymans Clowns, are providing all of the live entertainment: Clowns and Animal Acts. McHugh is the ringleader. Sure, why not bring Neonazis to Coeymans courtesy of George McHugh and the Comeback Team.

Question: Where Does George McHugh Actually Live?

George McHugh couldn’t set up housekeeping farther from Coeymans. While it’s unclear whether he actually has a Feura Bush address or a Delmar address, he’s certainly not going to give up his life of luxury — nor is his 4th wife, Rosemary, a former close employee of Carver Laraway, going to be seen shopping in Ravena’s Shop’n Save, that’s for certain — . We discussed George McHugh’s residency in great detail in our article, “George McHugh: Conspiracy, Misrepresentation, Possible Fraud?“, since a recent Times Uniion article indicated that he has a home in Delmar, and is renovating a place on Lawson Lake Road, in Feura Bush.

We previously published images of a property which, on best information and belief, was owned by George McHugh in Delmar. We based our information on McHugh’s own statements in a Times Union Interview, and confirmed the information in the Town of Bethlehem  2019 Final Assessment Roll (March 1, 2019). McHugh’s $600,000 former home in Delmar, located at 5 Ruxton Road, Delmar, NY. According to information received from the Town of Bethlehem Assessor’s office, the property was effectively transferred by sale to Jacob and Megan Cannan on 7/10/19 (date of sale). Best wishes to Jacob and Megan in their new home.

George McHugh’s actual residence still remains in question but he certainly does not reside in the Hamlet of Coeymans or Ravena. In fact, his claimed residence, if it is his residence, has a Feura Bush address, and is

We also investigated McHugh’s claim to have a property that he claims to spend time in at 100 Lawson Lake Road, in Feura Bush. We attempted to get images of the place but did not want to trespass by going up the long driveway to the house, which could be seen partially from the road. The slideshow below shows what can be seen of McHugh’s 100 Lawson Lake Road Property in Feura Bush (from Lawson Lake Road).

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

So there you have just a taste of the many unanswered questions about George McHugh, Zacchary Collins, and Brendan Lefevre and the so-called comeback Team (Where we write George McHugh, we include the entire Comeback Team, because they don’t utter a peep in their defense of anything George McHugh says or does.) In summary:

  • No Campaign Funding Disclosure or Disclosure of Where the Money’s Coming From
  • George McHugh’s Avoidance of Disclosure and Transparency
  • Why George McHugh Refused to Interview or to Debate Mr Crandall
  • George McHugh’s Ethics Problems
  • George McHugh’s Problems with Telling the Truth
  • George McHugh’s Disgrace: Using 9/11 Lie to Make Himself Look Like a Patriot, and Gain Political Capital.
  • George McHugh’s Exploitation of Zachary Collins and Brendan Lefevre as his Political Puppets
  • George McHugh’s Program of Disinformation, Misinformation, Malinformation and Lies in their Campaign Statements and Publications
  • George McHugh’s Exploitation of the so-called Friends of Coeymans’ Bullyism and Thuggery to Inditimidate Opponents


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.

 

 

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on November 2, 2019 in Uncategorized