Former state comptroller and Forest Hills state Assemblyman Alan Hevesi will be home with his family for the holidays after being granted parole last week from a four-year prison sentence for corruption.
Published sources said Hevesi, 72, will be released by mid-December.
Hevesi was sentenced to one to four years in prison in 2010 after pleading guilty in a “pay-to-play” scheme in which he invested more than $250 million in state pension funds with an associate who gave him $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions.
He was denied parole last year.
“I’m certainly guilty,” Hevesi was quoted as telling the Parole Board by The New York Times. “I have time in prison to think through all the people that I’ve hurt.”
Hevesi’s son, state Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills), released a statement last week saying that his father has accepted responsibility for his actions.
“My father has publicly acknowledged that he willfully allowed himself to become unbelievably arrogant, entitled and personally corrupt,” the younger Hevesi’s statement said. “He let corruption flourish around him by intentionally denying what was happening in his office. In addition to the betrayal of the public trust, my father has also taken responsibility for several lifelong patterns that have hurt his family and friends that are unrelated to what happened in the comptroller’s office.
“I have witnessed my father confront his personal failings and overcome his own denial and defense mechanisms in an attempt to regain the fierce integrity that has always defined him. I can say without hesitation that I have never loved him more, been more proud of him or been more resolute in aspiring to be a man like him than I am now.
“My dad has owned and taken responsibility for his actions, and has been extensively punished for them, and now he and my entire family are closing the book on this part of our lives.”
A Democrat, Hevesi represented Forest Hills in the Assembly from 1971 to 1993. He then served two terms as New York City’s comptroller between 1994 and 2002.
He served as the state’s comptroller from 2003 to 2006, when he was forced to resign for improperly using a state-owned vehicle and a state employee to drive his sick wife around.
The Daily News published that Hank Morris, a political advisor to Hevesi and the “ring leader” of the pension scheme, was denied parole for a second time last week.
Morris, 59, also is serving a four year sentence for receiving $19 million from clients who then received investment of state pension money.