NEW YORK — Alan Hevesi, former state comptroller, was sentenced yesterday to one to four years in prison for his leading role in influence-peddling at the state’s massive pension fund, capping a downfall that made him an emblem of corruption in New York politics.
Hevesi, a Democrat who was forced from office after pleading guilty in a separate misconduct scandal in 2006, apologized to New Yorkers as he waited to hear his punishment for giving preferential treatment to a would-be pension fund money manager in exchange for free travel and other plums.
“Although it was never my intention, I know that I caused enormous damage to the integrity of my former office. I have publicly disgraced myself,’’ Hevesi said. “I have no one but myself to blame.
“I will never forgive myself. I will live with this shame for the rest of my life.’’
He walked out of court in handcuffs, looking back at the roughly half-dozen relatives who accompanied him.