BALLSTON, N.Y. (AP) — New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says he’s unsure if he will recommend jail time for former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi.

The disgraced Democrat pleaded guilty Oct. 7 to charges that he accepted free travel and campaign contributions from a financier seeking state pension fund investments.

Cuomo says his recommendation may depend partly on whether Hevesi fulfills a promise to cooperate with the probe.

Carl Paladino, Cuomo’s Republican candidate in the governor’s race, has accused the attorney general of going soft on political allies accused of wrongdoing.

The targets in the Hevesi probe were Democrats, but Cuomo’s office has not played a role in investigating another scandal involving a lucrative gambling contract at the Aqueduct race track.

Cuomo says that by the time he became aware of possible problems, federal officials had already opened an investigation.

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Comments (9)
  1. GEORGE SCOTT says:

    Hevesi and Cuomo’s father are personal friends going back when Cuomo senior was the Governor. Do you really expect Cuomo junior to prosecute Hevesi ????

  2. pat says:

    This is a real issue , You cannot ask Prince Andrew about this.

  3. Mary Piscani says:

    What a joke, Cuomo’s states in his Ad Campaign “If you are convicted of a crime, you go to jail” News today reports that Cuomo is unsure if he will recommend jail time to Alan Hevesi who pleaded guilty of corruption. WHAT A JOKE! Just what we need another democrate with a short memory!!

  4. The Truth says:

    Oh no Cuomo just lost my vote. He talks about honesty and corruption but now he embraces it! This will not be forgotten Andrew!!!!!! One term Governor for sure!

  5. neversleep says:

    Cuomo will develop certainty on Wednesday.

    Tuesday is Election Day. Don’t forget to vote.

  6. Bob C says:

    But of course. The joke is on New Yorkers. Vote for the Dems and bend over.

  7. Roger Barlow says:

    Paladino is no politician – he’s just what NY State needs. Coumo is just another insider looking out for his crooked friends.

  8. Steve C. says:

    Would you expect any less from Cuomo??? Hevesi is an old friend for many years and Cuomo is just as soft as most people think he is. Get ready for four years of leaderless goverment as soon as he takes over. I think the working word is ‘transparent’ and everyone knows that Cuomo is a thinly veiled version of his father who will give away the store for a vote. No wonder New Yorkers are headed all over this country. Here we go once again… let the crook walk.

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