The Planning Board is now reviewing the work done by A. Colarusso & Son at the dock, in violation of the City's zoning code, and the proposed expansion by Colarusso of the haul road through South Bay. Pierro's support for Colarusso in this process has often been on display. In July 2016, when Planning Board chair Tom DePietro called the proposal "controversial," Pierro demanded to know why, claiming that the proposal was merely an amendment to a plan that had already been approved by the Planning Board. That claim was incorrect. Pierro has often been vocal in his support of the proposed haul road, calling it "a great benefit to Hudson" and declaring of the dock, "It's a working dock, and it's going to stay a working dock."
So, here's an intriguing development. In recent months, the building at 111 Fairview Avenue has been undergoing some serious renovation. Originally a car dealership, Canape Brothers Chrysler (Pierro's father-in-law was one of the Canape brothers), the building had in recent years been the location of Hudson Health & Fitness. According to the tax rolls, the building is owned by Carlee Holdings, LLC (previous owner being Leitha Canape-Pierro), an entity with the same address as Pierro's Hudson pied-á-terre: 16 Paddock Place.
There had been a "For Sale" sign on the building for quite a while, so when the transformation of the building began a few months ago, I was curious to now what was next for the building. After watching the display windows at the front being blocked up and the building painted black, Hudson's color du jour, I finally decided today to stop and take a look at the building permit on display, to see if it yielded any clues to the building's new reuse.
The name on the building permit provided no clues to its anticipated use but raised a few questions. It is Paula Colarusso, wife of Paul Colarusso, president of A. Colarusso & Son.
It is not known if Paula Colarusso bought the building from the Pierros or is leasing it. What does seem clear, however, is that the Pierros have some kind of financial relationship with the Colarussos that should require Cappy Pierro to recuse himself from the Planning Board review of the Colarusso dock and the proposed haul road, but so far it doesn't seem to have done that.
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