Albany - Mediacom is asking the City of Albany to return $15,000 the company gave to buy laptop computers for city commissioners. The cable company plans to donate the $15,000 to charity.
In September, Mediacom gave the city the money to pay for commissioners laptop computers in an effort to "promote city efficiency." Some city commissioners refused to use the computers saying accepting a gift from a company the city does business with raises ethical concerns. The city attorney said the donation did not violate the city's ethics rules because the city's contract with Mediacom wasn't under negotiation.
Commissioners Tommy Postell and Arthur Williams, and Mayor Willie Adams still have their computers.
Thursday, the Mayor wouldn't comment on Mediacom's request. The Interim City Manager says commissioners must vote on whether to give back the money.