From the NY Post:
The US Tennis Association yanked all invitations to elected city officials and city employees last week because the Conflict of Interest Board quietly ruled that they can’t accept the freebies, The Post has learned.
The perk — doled out for decades — usually lands officials in choice seats for whatever match they choose.
This ethics volley came after The Post first reported this month that state lawmakers had to ditch their complimentary tickets.
The state Ethics Commission nixed the perk after state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Queens) called the practice to light.
USTA officials declined to comment yesterday and refused to release the brief letter they sent city lawmakers and employees on Friday.
But good-government advocates hailed the end of string-pulling for city pols.
“I think that privileges given to elected officials similar to these free tickets are out of line,” said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York.
“If an elected official wants to go, they should pay their way.”