The Subdivision that Got Away
possible conservation easement on the land. With him were Dave Szczygiel, head of the public schools' outdoor education program, and Ginny Trocchio, from the city's acquisitions department.
"Unbeknownst to any of us, Mr. Brokaw's mental condition had deteriorated since the appointment had been set up," Ezekiel recalls. Brokaw, then in his late eighties, suffered from Alzheimer's disease. "We could tell immediately that he was in no mental condition to discuss legal issues.
"Abandoning any hope of acquiring a conservation easement, we just started chatting with him about what a beautiful piece of property it was," Ezekiel remembers. "However, he got the idea maybe we were scammers trying to bilk him out of his land."
"He said, "I think I better go get my gun,'" Szczygiel recalls. "Dan thought that was a good time to depart. I said, 'Dan, don't you want to see if he can remember where his gun is?'"