Friday, September 9, 2016

Assemblyman Bill Nojay committed suicide in cemetery - WHEC TV

Sources tell News10NBC that Assemblyman Bill Nojay has committed suicide.
Officers were called to the Riverside Cemetery on Lake Avenue around 9:20 Friday morning for reports of shots fired. Sources say Nojay, 59, was found dead due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The New York Daily News reports Nojay was at his family burial plot.
Investigator Frank Camp says officers saw a man shoot himself. At this time investigators are not making a connection to Bill Nojay. The investigation is ongoing.
We're told Nojay was supposed to turn himself in on Friday for fraud charges.  According to a report from the Khmer Times of Cambodia, he and three others convinced a woman to invest in a company that would send rice to the U.S. The woman claims that eight months after sending her investment she learned the company was bankrupt.                                   
Nojay was elected to the 133rd Assembly District in 2012. His district includes Livingston County, the towns of Pittsford, Mendon, Wheatland and Rush in Monroe County as well as the towns of Prattsburgh, Cohocton, Wayland, Dansville, Hornellsville and the City of Hornell in Steuben County.  Nojay is married with three children. 
Senator Rich Funke released the following statement:
“A loss like this transcends politics and government, leaving only hollowness and heartbreak in its wake. Assemblyman Nojay was always a strong voice for Upstate who dedicated a great deal of his life to championing a core set of beliefs, whether in elected office or over the airwaves. My thoughts are with Bill’s family, friends, and constituents on this most difficult of days.”
News10NBC will continue to follow this breaking story and bring you updates as soon as they become available.