Area problems have often been used to obtain grants with the results all too often falling far short of the benefits promised. Remember the Center for Brownfield Studies? the grant to Oneida County to assess contaminated areas? Griffiss Institute? Utica Safe Schools?
The $325,000 Utica Master Plan was partly funded by grants, but as indicated in numerous posts here falls far short of delivering the benefits of a real plan.
Someone stepped forward to say that the "Emperor has no clothes," but others moved to keep him from talking -- or to marginalize him by focusing on, e.g., where he lives rather than what he said.
New Hartford Online Blog gives a full account in the post - Utica Master Plan ... hidden agendas?
Thank you, New Hartford Online!