Former Comptroller: '[I] pleaded guilty and I am guilty'

Posted at: 11/20/2012 4:57 PM
Updated at: 11/20/2012 5:12 PM
By: WNYT Staff

ALBANY - Paroled ex-State Comptroller, Alan Hevesi says he broke the law because he was arrogant and felt a sense of entitlement.

A transcript of his parole hearing was released today.

In it, Hevesi said it wasn't until his children confronted him that he acknowledged what he did was wrong.

He says, 'I was arrogant, I felt entitled. 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."

Hevesi was granted parole last week after spending 19 months in prison for accepting gifts and campaign donations from people trying to do business with the State Pension Fund.