Just about one year ago, Cathy interviewed me and recorded a video (you can watch it here) about my being taken to court by the New York State Canal Corporation for not paying a "Beautification Fee," an annual permit they wanted me to pay so that I could mow the part of my lawn that abuts the Erie Canal, and is legally the property of "The people of New York State."
Today, I emailed Cathy Woodruff the following message, and I'd like to share it with you today:
I read in today's TU your last Advocate column, and I wanted to offer my personal thanks for your excellent reporting on my "Canal Problem."
I can't say whether your reporting, the change in canal leadership, or the devastating floods of 2011 was the main reason that I wasn't asked to pay a permit for my 2011 mowing of NYS property, but I suspect that the spotlight you aimed at the issue had a lot to do with it.
I wish you success in your next career step, and I hope I'll be able to read whatever it is you will be writing.