New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi has agreed to resign immediately from office and plead guilty to a minor felony charge for using state employees as drivers for his wife.
The plea ends an investigation by Albany County District Attorney David Soares.
The deal was finalized on Thursday. Negotiations took place between Hevesi's lawyers and representatives from the Albany County D.A.'s office.
Released depositions show a state paid driver performed questionable services for Hevesi's wife over a nearly three year period. Some of the duties included hanging curtains, moving furniture, and taking Mrs. Hevesi shopping.
Alan Hevesi will serve no jail time, but he will be forced to pay a five thousand dollar fine and agree not to file an appeal. Hevesi has also agreed not to take office in January. This agreement also heads off a process that could have ended in state legislative members removing Hevesi from office.
The 66-year-old Democrat was first elected in 2002, and he was re-elected in November by a wide margin despite several investigations into his use of four employees to cater to his ailing wife starting in 2003.