Former State Comptroller Alan Hevesi, who was granted parole Wednesday after serving more than a year in prison for a massive pay-to-play scandal involving the state’s pension fund, said during his parole hearing that his ego became inflated with the power of his position.
“I am dealing with Hedge Funds, millionaires and Wall Street billionaires and president of South Africa and Gerry Adams and I was in the Clinton White House and I dealt with the State, and all of a sudden, I am big shot in my own head,” he said. “It got away from me.”
“I got arrogant,” he said.
After being granted his second request for parole, Hevesi 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.
Also during the hearing, he said his greed led him to violate the public trust in his position as Comptroller.
“I felt entitled,” he said. “I violated the law and spirit of the law. I wanted those campaign contributions. I wanted those upgrades and those perks. I am guilty, pleaded guilty, and I am guilty.”
Read the full transcript here.