Former State Employee Pays $2,460 for Taking Tickets to Ball Games

Former State Employee Pays $2,460 for Taking Tickets to Ball Games

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 4, 2008

CONTACT: Walter C. Ayres
                  518-474-4418

ALBANY — A former State employee has agreed to pay $2,460 to the State to settle charges that he violated the State's ethics laws when he accepted 12 tickets to baseball games from an entity under contract to his former agency.

Richard A. Gerardi was the Director of the Residential Energy Affordability Program for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority in 2006 when he accepted the tickets to Yankees baseball games from an employee of Conservation Services Group (CSG). The tickets had a value of $820. Gerardi's unit advertised energy efficiency programs through CSG.

Copies of the Notice of Reasonable Cause and the settlement agreement are attached. The matter was referred to the Commission by the agency.