In a sign of weakness and worry, Henrietta Supervisor Jack Moore has stooped to a new low, issuing a cease and desist letter in an attempt to silence criticism. Elyse Youngman received the letter earlier in October. She is the daughter of Don Youngman, the town employee who filed the complaint with the Ethics Board after racist remarks by Jack Moore were caught on video and tape.
"Jack Moore has been stalking me and my family for months, slowly driving by our house," said Elyse Youngman. "At first I didn't believe it, but when I got photos of him doing it with my camera, there was no denying the extent he would go to intimidate us. We all know Jack Moore doesn't like what any of his critics are saying, but his cease and desist letter is extreme -- even for Jack Moore."
Cease and desist letters have been in the news lately, with Aerosmith going after Donald Trump for using one of their songs as his campaign theme. However, legal threats like this are not common in local elections. Different legal standards apply to public personalities, like politicians or celebrities, increasing the likelihood that a challenge like this has no merit whatsoever.
This isn't the first time Jack Moore has infringed on the free speech of his opponents. After residents packed Town Hall this spring to call for his resignation, Jack Moore quickly changed the rules for Town Hall meetings to limit time for speakers and prevent questions in the public comment period.