To the editor:
A few months ago I was made aware of an entry on “The B’ville Blotter” site on Facebook. The entry was a multi-page copy of a letter dated Aug. 11, 2012 written by Town Councilor Andrew Reeves to the New York State Attorney General.
In this letter, Mr. Reeves accused two former town of Lysander officials and our current town clerk, Lisa Dell, with various crimes. Reeves asked the A.G. “to open a formal investigation into possible criminal activity on the part of the former attorney and dog catcher, and current clerk of the town of Lysander including but not limited to conspiracy, criminal impersonation, forgery, fraud, official misconduct, obstructing governmental administration and perjury.” Some of these are felony crimes.
However, a reading of the five pages written by Reeves reveals no facts that would support the above charges, but is simply opinion and innuendo as recounted by someone with an agenda. That agenda, I believe, is to discredit these fine people and the Lysander Republican Committee, which they were all members of at one time and some still are.
By his own admission, Mr. Reeves admits ( to friends) that the attorney general’s office has rejected his accusations and is not conducting any investigation regarding his request. When I asked Mr. Reeves at a town board meeting what specific crimes he was referring to in his letter to the A.G., and to explain the results of the investigation, he refused to answer and Mr. Salisbury said the issue was not “town business.”
It seems to me that when a town councilor accuses another town official of crimes that it absolutely is town business. Reeves has commented to others that the A.G’s office is not following up on his letter of complaint. A check with the attorney general’s office reveals there is no active investigation resulting from Mr. Reeves’ letter.
What I want to know is why Mr. Reeves has no qualms about posting a letter on Facebook maligning these three fine people, but refuses to apologize to them after he learns that the attorney general sees no merit in his complaint. I suspect that if the attorney general found credible evidence of wrongdoing that Mr. Reeves and Mr. Salisbury would share that information with the electorate.