The grant was awarded in 2007 when Dick Tracy was mayor, but work on the park didn't begin until Rick Scalera returned to the mayor's office in 2008. Cappy Pierro, who was mayor's aide to Scalera and is now on the HCDPA board by virtue of the fact that he is Common Council majority leader, explained that there was "a lot of site preparation." Pierro went on to say that the project was "pared back because there was no way we could do it with that amount of money" and summed things up by saying: "When it comes right down to it, $250,00 doesn't go too far."
So, how will the remaining $35,758 be spent? John "Duke" Duchessi, grant writer and administrator for HCDPA, indicated that "what we're talking about now are picnic tables."
Gossips has requested an accounting of how the $214,242 has been spent.