As readers know, Wednesday's investigatory meeting included public testimony by former City Administrator Bibi Taylor on circumstances leading up to a check being produced on the Friday before the Sunday event. Corporation Counsel Dan Williamson spoke in closed session. The council is still waiting to hear from Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs, former acting Chief Finance Officer Sandra Cummings and Purchasing Agent David Spaulding.
Although the biggest celebrity connected with the event was The Rev. Al Sharpton, he appeared only briefly, making a five-minute speech during the three-hour meeting. Click to see the Al Sharpton video.
Coverage by the Courier News so far has included an online preview on Wednesday, a story online Thursday that was modified later in the day and today's onlne story online with combined stories in print under an A-1 headline. All contain some of the same elements and interestingly online comments from readers are the same throughout.
The array points up the current tension between news delivered electronically and by traditional ink-on-paper means. Actually, bloggers including myself had a bit of an edge getting out news of what happened at the Wednesday meeting, including Taylor's recounting of the mayor's profanity as she allegedly pressed staff to come up with a check.
The point of the investigation is not so much the small amount of the transaction as how it was handled. Public money has a lot of strings attached to it and the state expects municipalities to obey its fiscal rules. Expect a lot more facts and analysis on the circumstances surrounding the Town Meeting. Sharpton's speech was basically about owning up to responsibility and so is this investigation.