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Ex-New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi was granted parole Thursday.
Hevesi, 72, will be released in December, after serving 19 months for accepting campaign donations and gifts from people looking to do business with the state pension fund, which the comptroller’s office oversees.
The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision announced the decision to release Hevesi a day after he appeared before the Parole Board. He had been serving time at the Mid-State Correctional Facility in Oneida County.
Hevesi was convicted in the investigation of “pay to play” practices at the comptroller’s office. He was serving a 1-to-4-year sentence for "receiving reward for official misconduct." He will remain on parole till April 14, 2015.
In a parole hearing a year ago, Hevesi reportedly told the board that allowing a venture capitalist to pay $75,000 to fund his five trips to Israel constituted an “unprecedented” level of stupidity for him.
But it wasn’t the first scandal to mark Hevesi, who also served as New York City comptroller and a state assemblyman.
In 2006 — shortly after winning re-election as state comptroller — he was convicted of defrauding the government by having state employees chauffeur his wife. Hevesi agreed to a plea deal, resigned from office, paid a fine and reimbursed the state for the employees' time.