Illness kept Mayor Catherine Pugh away from City Hall on Wednesday. By phone, she said she has sent back some of the money paid to her by the medical system for children’s books she wrote — while she served on the board.
A top aide to Pugh filled her seat at the Board of Estimates Wednesday morning. Pugh, the city solicitor said, was so ill with a bad cold that staffers advised her to stay home.
”She is really sick,” said Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis.
By phone, Pugh answered key questions about her dealings with the University of Maryland Medical System while she sat on the board.
Pugh said she has documents, including tax documents, to account for the money her business was paid by the medical system for a series of children’s books she wrote.
She said she has returned the most recent payment, $100,000, to the medical system within the past 10 days. That book, she said, is still in the works. She will distribute it herself.