Paterson Ponies Up His Yankees Tickets Fine

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Gov. David Paterson settled his debt with the state Commission on Public Integrity after his law firm sent a $62,125 check to the ethics board on Thursday (a h/t to Glenn Blain at The Daily Politics for being alert to this first).

Payment of the check was posted this morning on the CPI’s website.

Commission spokesman Walter Ayres confimed the arrival of the check, which was sent on to the Comptroller’s Office for processing.

Paterson, who left office at the end of 2010 after deciding to not run for a full term, was given four tickets to a World Series game in 2009 between the Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Paterson at the time claimed he had always intended to pay for the tickets, but a backdated check, forged signature and conflicting testimony suggested otherwise. The Yankees are registered lobbyists with the state.

Though the commission’s case with Paterson is officially over, the former Democratic governor still faces possible charges from the office of Albany County District Attorney David Soares, who is still conducting his investigation.

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