In testimony on Sept. 21, former City Administrator Bibi Taylor recounted being pressured by Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs to come up with $20,000 in city funds two days before the event, which featured an appearance by The Rev. Al Sharpton. Later, the mayor alleged the cost was offset by a bank's $15,000 donation, even though the Investors Savings Bank contribution was tabbed for July 4 fireworks, not the radio broadcast.
Taylor spoke in open session at the Sept. 21 meeting, while Corporation Counsel Dan Williamson chose to meet with the council in closed session. Still to be interviewed are the mayor, Purchasing Agent David Spaulding and former Acting Chief Finance Officer Sandra Cummings. All were subpoenaed by the council through investigative powers detailed in the city's special charter.