New York’s first Black governor, David Paterson was charged on Wednesday for receiving free tickets to the 2009 Yankee World Series game according to Reuters.com.
Based on the 17-page report filed by the New York’s Commission on Public Integrity, Paterson lied under oath about his intentions to pay for the tickets. It further stated that Paterson only paid for the tickets with a backdated check following a press inquiry about his intentions to pay.
The free tickets violate the state ban for gifts received by elected officials. Paterson also faces charges for using his official position to secure unwarranted privileges.
According to the Huffington Post, Paterson, who denies all claims, stated, “I, at all times, upheld the oath of my office and never at any point attempted to influence or coerce anyone to do anything they didn’t want to do.”
If he is found guilty, he faces civil penalties amounting to close to $100,000.
In the midst of his own scandal is Paterson’s aide, David Johnson, who faces charges of domestic violence. Johnson was also named by the ethics commission as one of the four patrons to accompany the governor to the Yankee game on Oct. 28, according to the Huffington Post.
Paterson, whose term expires at the end of the year, terminated his campaign for reelection.
Deanna Dunham contributed to this article.