Gov. David Paterson’s suspended aide David Johnson appeared before the state Commission on Public Integrity for about an hour earlier today in Albany as the commission continues to investigate Paterson’s free tickets to the World Series last year.
Johnson (at right with his attorney Oscar Michelen) had no comment as he left the commission’s office with Michelen. Michelen wouldn’t say much either, saying the case is an ongoing investigation.
“We’re not going to address any substantive questions, other than the fact that we did appear,” Michelen told reporters.
“The investigation is continuing so we’re not going to have any comment about the substantive matters that were addressed, and we wait for the commission to see if they are going to issue a subsequent report to the one they’ve already addressed with respect to the governor.”
Johnson was suspended without pay last month after the New York Times reported that Johnson attacked his girlfriend in October, and State Police and Paterson allegedly intervened to quash her domestic-violence case.
Johnson, who rose up the ranks with Paterson to become one of his top aides, was also in the middle of whether Paterson illegally accepted free tickets to the World Series at Yankee Stadium last year and lied to the commission that he intended to pay for them.
The commission earlier this month referred the case to the Attorney General’s Office and the Albany County District Attorney’s Office, but it appears the commission hadn’t spoken to Johnson until today.
In its report, the commission said Johnson had procured the tickets for Paterson and also went to the game. Johnson later paid for his ticket.