Keehn questioned whether the city was getting the cheapest contract with Energetix/NYSEG solutions, and she tried to table the vote on the contract, but failed. The council voted 4-to-1 for the new contract.
Finance Commissioner Matthew McCabe said the contract could be submitted to the ethics board if there was an issue. The contract takes effect before the next scheduled council meeting.
Also at the meeting, Thomas McTygue reported that, with three other fireworks displays occurring in the city on or around July 4 of this year, the fireworks show in Congress Park won't take place this year.
"I can't see us having four fireworks displays in the city," McTygue said.
McTygue said it costs between $7,000 and $8,000 to put on the fireworks display, most of which has been covered by donations in the past.
McTygue also said the impact the fireworks and those assembled to see them has quite an effect on Congress Park.
"The park takes quite a beating that day," he said, noting that he has had to pay DPW staff overtime in the past to pick up the litter left behind after the show.
City resident Kyle York offered $1,000 of his own money to have the city continue to sponsor a fireworks display.
"The kids love watching fireworks," York said.
McCabe suggested the city promote daytime activities, such as a family day in Congress Park. He also suggested that the city could sponsor buses that would take people to the other fireworks displays in the city.""