New York Attorney General Opens Investigation into Saratoga Performing Arts Center

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Eliot Spitzer, the attorney general of New York State, has issued a subpoena to the embattled Saratoga Performing Arts Center, requesting documents about its spending, the New York Times reports.

The investigation was requested by the state's Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, which found in an audit released last month that the center had been mismanaged.

The attorney general's office is examining the $335,000 salary and $400,000 severance package granted to Herbert Chesbrough, the center's outgoing president, and looking into the possibility that the center illegally did business with companies linked to members of its board, according to the Times. (The center rescinded the severance package last month.)

The audit was launched in February 2004 after SPAC announced that financial problems would prevent it from continuing the New York City Ballet's annual summer residency.

Stephen Serlin, the chairman of SPAC's board, said that center's staff looked forward to resolving the controversy and concentrating on the performing arts. "SPAC is bigger and more vibrant than these legal activities," he said.


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