Alan Hevesi - Such Magnitude, Such Grandeur...
Comptroller Hevesi has quite munificently agreed to pay New York taxpayers back the money he stole from us over the last 3 years, the best estimate of which now exceeds $206,000.
In a prepared statement, Hevesi said he was "pleased" that Tuesday's settlement "brings the issue of reimbursement to a close."
Okay, perhaps the reimbursement issue is at a close. But how about the removal from office issue and the criminal penalty issue?
Hevesi still faces other investigations. Albany County District Attorney David Soares is looking into possible criminal charges against Hevesi. Gov. George Pataki has appointed a special prosecutor, former U.S. Attorney David Kelley, to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to merit a state Senate proceeding to remove Hevesi from office.
It's unclear if Governor-Elect Spitzer will push for Hevesi's removal or not. Hevesi's argument is that by re-electing him, New Yorkers have forgiven his thievery. (Right, um... I haven't. Are criminal matters that are still under investigation eligible for electoral expunging?)
During one of his debates with John Faso, Spitzer described Hevesi's actions as "intolerable". The self-styled "Sheriff of Wall Street" would also have us believe he's riding into Albany to clean up the town. Alan Hevesi represents the most egregious manifestation of the corruption and decay in Albany. If Spitzer doesn't initiate removal proceedings in the State Legislature, we can be assured nothing is changing on day one.
Handcrafted by Flip on December 13, 2006 |
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