If New York's governor couldn't get away with free tickets to a baseball game, why should a former assistant deputy commissioner for the NYC Human Resources Administration? Earlier this week Sanford Cohen, the former deputy commissioner in question, paid $3,000 in fines for accepting valuable luxury suite tickets to a 2009 Yankees-Red Sox game from a vendor trying to win his business [PDF]. At least the Yankees won the game.

Cohen, who worked in Human Resources from 1997 until this January, has admitted to taking the tickets—which included a suite with food, booze, and a free polo shirt—from a company called DynTek Services, a tech company that had active contracts with the city and was bidding for more. The tickets were worth $1,425.62.

During the game the Yankees crushed the Sox 13-6 and Muhammad Ali took part in the pregame ceremony. It was the Yankees first win against the Sox that season after eight tries. City rules forbid officials from taking gifts worth more than $50 from firms doing business with the city.