Paterson Facing Ethics Charge Over Yankees Tickets
New York's Public Integrity Commission has charged embattled Gov. David Paterson with an ethics violation involving a gift of free Yankees tickets for the 2009 World Series that could cost him nearly $100,000 in penalties.

The commission says Paterson may also have given false testimony in the case now being turned over to the Albany County District Attorney's office for possible criminal prosecution.

Paterson could face a penalty of $80,000 for violating the state gift ban for elected officials. The commission says Wednesday he also violated a prohibition against using his official position to secure unwarranted privileges. That could cost another $10,000 or more.

The commission found Paterson didn't intend to reimburse the Yankees.

There was no immediate comment from the governor's office.

The ethics charge comes a day after State Police Superintendent Harry Corbitt abruptly announced his plans to retire effective immediately in wake of a looming scandal rocking the governor's office. Corbitt's stunning resignation was fueling calls for Paterson to resign Wednesday.

Last week, Corbitt's boss -- Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Denise O'Donnell -- resigned after criticizing contact that Paterson, his staff and the state police had with the woman at the center of the domestic assault.

Corbitt's served only two years as New York's top state cop.

Meanwhile Paterson told reporters Tuesday that he wouldn't resign because of his intervention in the domestic violence case involving a key aide.

Corbitt had replaced Preston Felton, who played a role in a political scandal known as Troopergate.