To the Editor:
You may recall my letter of a while ago wherein I referred to the treatment we afforded Arthur Bechhoefer whilst he, virtually alone, stood in the path of the nefarious dealings of John Nicolo. The Town of Jerusalem was unhappy with Mr. Bechhoefer because of the lawsuits that developed as a result of his activism and his insistence in the due process of law with regard to property development and waste water systems.
It is hard to estimate the number of good people in Yates County who were corrupted by Mr. Nicolo, but his recent conviction on all the counts of tax evasion, fraud, money laundering and scheming in property appraisals bears witness to the validity of Arthur Bechhoefer’s actions to have the laws of the State and the Town of Jerusalem enforced—-many times to the chagrin of local officials.
The Editor of this paper chose to entitle my first letter “Shoot the Messenger?” and I wonder what this one will be entitled. Would “Ill gotten gains do not bring eternal happiness” be appropriate or should we merely say that the day of reckoning has come and, in my opinion, Arthur Bechhoefer has been totally vindicated and those who thought poorly of the man for his actions should now reflect upon themselves with this renewed benefit of hindsight?
Food for thought.
William A. Weber