WXXI Local Stories
Thu July 15, 2010
Final Chapter on Troopergate Scandal?
By Karen DeWitt
albany, New York – The three year old Troopergate scandal may be finally over. The state's Commission on Public Integrity confirms that one of the last actors in the controversy, Darren Dopp, has now paid a $10,000 fine for violating the state code of ethics.
Dopp, the former Communications Director for former Governor Eliot Spitzer, paid the fine earlier this week, after he lost a court challenge against the Commission on Public Integrity's ruling. Commission spokesman Walter Ayres confirms that the check has been received, and that the investigation of whether Spitzer and his aides used the state police to recreate travel records of former Senate Leader Joe Bruno is now over.
"He came to our offices on Monday and hand delivered a check for $10,000", said Ayres.
Dopp has maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings, and says he did nothing wrong. Spitzer was never charged in the scandal, but resigned from office after admitting he had patronized prostitutes. He will be starting a new prime time cable program on CNN soon.