It turns out Governor David Paterson would have saved a lot of money if he had just purchased five tickets to Game One of the 2009 World Series by himself in the first place.
The New York State Commission on Public Integrity fined Paterson a whopping $62,125 this week for accepting the free tickets and taking his son and his son's friend to the game.
Paterson contends that he always intended to pay for the tickets, but the commission ruled that was “false,” and contradicted Paterson's own staff, the New York Yankees, and - this one particularly stings - common sense. Ouch.
Paterson also argued that he was performing the ceremonial functions of his honorable office by attending the game, although that would haven't entitled him to free tickets, either.
To make matters worse for Paterson, he actually paid for the tickets four days later, so he was out face value and approximately $60,000.
Cripes...it seems that Paterson, who will be replaced by newly elected governor Andrew Cuomo after the first of the year, can't even leave office without controversy following him.