Alan Hevesi; Photo Courtesy: AP
By Joseph Spector, Albany Bureau Chief
ALBANY -- Former Comptroller Alan Hevesi was granted parole today after serving more than a year in jail in a massive pay-to-play scandal involving the state's pension fund, the state Department of Corrections said.
A state Parole board on Wednesday approved Hevesi's second request for parole. He will be released by Dec. 19. He will be on parole until April 2015.
He was sentenced in April 2011 to one to four years in state prison, and he's been serving time at the Mid-State Correctional Facility in Oneida County..
Hevesi, 72, the Democratic comptroller from 2003 through 2006, was hit with the maximum sentence for his involvement in a kickback scheme while in office.
He was re-elected in 2006, but resigned before taking office. Thomas DiNapoli, then a state assemblyman from Long Island, was appointed to the seat in 2007, and DiNapoli won re-election in 2010.
While in prison, the former Comptroller apparently liked to flip around the dial during his 19-month prison term-- and pump up the volume.
So much so that he was written up for misbehavior on Aug. 9 for arguing with a prison guard after he was told to turn down the TV and stop changing the channels.
"Upon completing my security rounds, I was approached by inmate Hevesi, A., who raised his voice in a loud manner, stating to me, 'He can change the channels and the TV was not loud.' I gave the inmate a direct order to lower his voice and that he is to leave the TV alone," the report reads.
Hevesi apparently had an history of defiant television viewing.
"Inmate Hevesi has been warned numerous times about changing the TV channels and turning up the TV volume without permission from the officers," the report concludes.
The state said it was the only misbehavior report Hevesi received since he went into prison in April 2011.
Hevesi will soon be able to channel surf as much as he wants and listen to it at any decibel level. He's to be released on parole by Dec. 19.
And he's continue to get his taxpayer-funded pension: $105,000 a year