- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 26, 2010

NEW YORK

Ex-judge: Criminal charges possible

ALBANY | A special investigation concludes that New York Gov. David Paterson’s testimony about his plans to pay for World Series tickets last year was “inaccurate and misleading” and warrants consideration of criminal charges by a prosecutor.

In a report Thursday, former state Chief Judge Judith Kaye notes four of five tickets to the World Series opening game between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies were paid for later. She says there’s a question whether Mr. Paterson gave “intentionally false testimony” to the State Public Integrity Commission about having written an $850 check in advance for two tickets.

Albany County District Attorney David Soares is reviewing the case.

Mr. Paterson denies wrongdoing. He eventually paid for two tickets and staff members paid for two. He maintains going to the game was part of a ceremonial public duty that entitled him to a ticket.

MASSACHUSETTS

Brown camp brushes off criticism

BOSTON | A spokeswoman for Republican Sen. Scott Brown is brushing off criticism from Sarah Palin, who questioned his credentials as “a hard-core constitutional conservative.”

The former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee faulted Mr. Brown, once a hero of the “tea party” movement, during an interview Wednesday on the Fox Business Network.

Mrs. Palin said that while Massachusetts voters might be willing “to put up with Scott Brown and some of the antics there,” voters in her home state “wouldn’t stand for that.”

Mr. Brown has sided with Democrats on a handful of initiatives including a sweeping financial overhaul. He skipped an April tea party rally Mrs. Palin headlined in Boston.

A Brown spokeswoman said that his votes are based on what’s best for Massachusetts and that his priorities include jobs, controlling spending and deficit reduction.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

States on track for weatherizing

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