CouncilwomanRochelle "Rikki" Spector, one of the few council members to fill out the form, included this handwritten note: "Attended public events to which City Council members were invited."

In an interview, Spector said the only events she attended were ones to which all council members were invited, though she said she couldn't recall specifics.

"I didn't take tickets from anyone else," said Spector. "If my sons or my grandsons want to go to a game, I buy a ticket."

Reisinger also did not list any gifts for any of the three years.

Reisinger said he wasn't trying to hide anything by not reporting the Devils hockey ticket he received for the January 2009 trip with Young, Cole and Gottesman; he just didn't think of attending the game as a gift.

"I'm not that great of a hockey fan," he said. "I don't even know the name of the team, to tell you the truth. It wasn't really a pleasure thing as far as I'm concerned."

Reisinger said he hadn't realized that the city's ethics laws required him to report the tickets. "I didn't think that I needed to do it," he said. "I guess it was my error."

Cole said he could see there being confusion about whether the tickets should be repaid. He included a letter to Gottesman in his ethics disclosure that said: "Given the restraints imposed by Baltimore City Ethics Code on gifts, please find enclosed a check payment to you in the amount of $237.50."

"I just felt it always better to pay my own way," he said. "It's easier that way. I prefer to pay. It can be very complicated to fill out some of those forms. If I'm in somebody's box, I reimburse them."

Cole said he has generally made a habit of refusing gifts.

"The most recent thing somebody offered me was a tie," he said. "It was from somebody I know, who doesn't do business with the city. My gut instinct was, 'It's a gift. Can I take this?' That's my first instinct."

Reisinger said the only other time he recalled receiving tickets to sporting events during his 18 years on the council was to the MedStar skybox at Camden Yards.

Reisinger said that when Aisenstark began leading ethics workshops with the council after Dixon's resignation, he asked the ethics director about the policy for accepting gifts, and specifically about the MedStar skybox to which company executives had routinely extended invitations to the council.

"Avery's response to us was 'Don't go,'" said Reisinger. "'If you're not sure, don't go.'"

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