Mezzatesta's news release mistakenly states that he received the new letterhead Jan. 28, 2003.
Mezzatesta also released a second January 2003 letter Monday that appears on stationery that didn't exist on the day he says the letter was written.
House Education Committee attorney Candace Kraus blacked out all names and addresses on the Jan. 27, 2003, letter. The form letter recommends an unidentified person for a job. The Gazette has requested a copy of the letter without deletions.
"Apparently, that letter also sat idle for a period, then was copied onto the new letterhead," Mezzatesta said.
No other letters were sent on the new stationery until September 2003, according to Mezzatesta's response to a state Freedom of Information Act request. Mezzatesta continued to use 2002 stationery until then.
"They probably never even cut open the new box of that stationery until they used the last piece of the old," Terry said.
Terry said she doesn't believe that the two January 2003 letters "sat idle" in Mezzatesta's office until the new stationery arrived.
The original word-processing files for those letters have been deleted, according to Mezzatesta's office staff.
In the Jan. 13, 2003, letter to Stewart, Mezzatesta wrote, "In previous conversations, I hope you realized I was not soliciting monies for my specific school district."
Mezzatesta was responding to a letter that Stewart had sent him 10 days earlier.
On Jan. 2, 2003, Stewart wrote to Mezzatesta, confirming a telephone conversation in which Mezzatesta allegedly requested a $100,000 state Department of Education grant.
In June, the Ethics Commission dismissed two complaints against Mezzatesta after Stewart told the commission that Mezzatesta never solicited grant money from him "personally," according to an affidavit Stewart provided at Mezzatesta's request.
Mezzatesta, who works as a "community specialist/administrative assistant," for the Hampshire County school board, also submitted a sworn statement saying he has never solicited grant money for his employer.
In 1999, Mezzatesta, D-Hampshire, promised the Ethics Commission he would not request Department of Education grant money for Hampshire schools after he was hired as a board office administrator.
Terry urged state investigators and the Ethics Commission to seize Mezzatesta's office computers.
"It's a shame people have subpoena power but are unwilling to use it," Terry said. "This is fabricated evidence amid an investigation. Anyway you hold this picture, it doesn't look good."