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Free tickets illegal, watchdog says

Updated: August 17, 2010, 5:12 PM ET
Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York Gov. David Paterson violated ethics laws by soliciting five World Series tickets last year from the New York Yankees, a registered lobbying organization, and he should pay the maximum penalty of $96,375, staff for the state's Public Integrity Commission said Tuesday.

Paterson denies any wrongdoing. He eventually paid for two tickets, staff members paid for two, and he maintains that his presence at the game was part of a ceremonial public duty as governor that entitled ...

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