Cuomo Unsure If He'll Seek Jail for Hevesi

Saturday, Oct 30, 2010  |  Updated 4:39 PM EDT
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Cuomo Unsure If He'll Seek Jail for Hevesi

Former New York Comptroller Alan Hevesi walks to a court appearance in Albany, N.Y. Friday, Feb. 9, 2007. Hevesi was was fined $5,000, and sentenced to a term of probation for the unlawful use of a state vehicle and driver by using state employees as drivers and personal assistants for his wife. He had pleaded guilty to a federal charge of defrauding the government. The 66-year-old Queens Democrat appeared nearly two months after he resigned amid the scandal that broke during his successful re-election campaign. ( (AP Photo/Tim Roske)

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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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