New York Governor David A. Paterson used his position to acquire tickets to the World Series opening. According to the New York State Commission on Public Integrity, his act broke ethics laws. The tickets are for seats right by the home plate and are valued at $425. Patterson obtained these tickets for his son and his friends. Although the governor indicates that he intended to offer monetary compensation for the tickets, records show that this was an untruth, causing him to falsely testify under oath. The commission states that the governor paid for the tickets only after he received negative attention from the media. Furthermore, the signature behind the check is not the governor’s.
It has been a trying time for Governor Paterson. He is currently accused of assisting a close aide, David W. Johnson, who also attended the Yankees game, in attempting to hide a domestic violence case. Paterson denies all allegations pertaining to the World Series opening, as well as his association with Johnson. In fact, this caused the governor to discard/postpone his campaign for election. The governor is fined $10,000 for taking advantage of his position as governor to secure tickets. However, this is only one of the many fines he has to pay. The governor maintains that he did not compromise his integrity, nor did he lie under oath. He will not step down for his position and will continue to serve the state of New York.
The state of New York is working hard to eliminate Governor Paterson from his position. Are they being unjust and discriminatory against him? Is it plausible that the Governor is exploiting his position to access things otherwise inaccessible? If so, is he justified? Is the Commission on Public Integrity correct in chastising the Governor for his acts?