The New York Yankees’ loss in the first game of the 2009 World Series seemed costly at the time only for their hopes for another title. In the end, it proved far costlier to former Gov. David A. Paterson.
Mr. Paterson has paid the $62,125 fine imposed by the state ethics commission for accepting free tickets to the game from the Yankees, a spokesman for the commission said. The fine had been levied in December, when the panel ruled that Mr. Paterson knew he had broken state ethics law and then subsequently lied under oath to hide his misconduct.
The spokesman, Walter C. Ayres, said the state’s Commission on Public Integrity received the check on Thursday. He could not say whether the money came from Mr. Paterson personally or from his campaign account, a source of funds that good government groups have said Mr. Paterson should not be able to use to pay the fine.
A spokesman for Mr. Paterson’s lawyer, Theodore V. Wells Jr., was not not immediately available for comment on Friday.