After serving 19 months of a one-to-four-year sentence in a pay-to-play scandal, former state comptroller Alan Hevesi has been granted parole in his second bid for release and will be free no later than Dec. 19.
Hevesi, 72, pleaded guilty to official misconduct and admitted accepting nearly $1 million worth of campaign contributions and overseas vacations for himself and his family from a money manager who had obtained $250 million in investments from the state pension fund. The comptroller is the sole trustee of that fund.
The disgraced but once powerful Queens Democrat served as a state assemblyman for more than 20 years and comptroller of the City of New York before his 2002 election to the statewide position. Hevesi resigned less than a year after winning a second term when he was caught up in a scandal uncovered and prosecuted by then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
The parole board denied Hevesi release last December when he first became eligible. But a panel that reviewed his latest bid on Nov. 14 said that the former comptroller has "served significant time beyond" the one-year minimum imposed by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus (See Profile), and noted that the inmate poses little risk of recidivism.
Hevesi will remain on community supervision until April 14, 2015 and must abide by several conditions, including a curfew set by his parole officer. He is serving his prison term at the Mid-State Correctional Facility near Utica.
One of Hevesi's sons, Andrew, is an assemblyman from Queens; another, Daniel, was a state senator.