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October 07, 2010

 

Statement From State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli

Alan Hevesi not only broke the law.  He violated the public trust.

Attorney General Cuomo and his staff have done a true public service in the pursuit of justice.  He has held accountable those individuals, including Alan Hevesi, who were responsible for compromising the Office of the State Comptroller.

Over the past three years, we’ve made huge strides to restore public trust in the management of the pension fund in the face of what’s been revealed in the course of the investigation. I’ve banned the involvement of placement agents and lobbyists in pension fund investments.  I’ve prohibited pay-to-play campaign contributions.  I’ve put in place a long series of reforms to increase transparency and oversight.

My predecessor Alan Hevesi is the latest in a line of corruption that just keeps getting longer. It’s time to take away the pension of anyone found guilty of committing a felony in the course of his or her official duties.  No one who violates the public trust so egregiously should be allowed to receive a taxpayer-funded pension.

Attorney General Cuomo’s diligent investigation has brought to public view the crimes of the Hevesi administration. The steps I’ve taken implement reforms to protect the fund from abuse. But Alan Hevesi’s guilty plea as a result of the Attorney General’s investigation is a stark reminder of the need for constant vigilance.

There are one million New Yorkers and their families who rely on the pension fund for their financial security.  My staff and I will continue to assist the Attorney General in our common interest to protect taxpayers and give every New Yorker confidence in the integrity of the Office of State Comptroller.

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