From the Daily News:
In a letter to [Judge] Stone, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi passionately argues that his father's wrongdoing should not overshadow a lifetime in public service.
"In short, your honor, Alan Hevesi has earned the right to spend the rest of his life surrounded by those who appreciate and love him for who he is, a great and flawed man," Andrew Hevesi wrote. "Please send him home to our family."
The younger Hevesi wrote of modeling his life after his father, a former assemblyman and city and state controller. He portrayed his father as a fighter for his family, people in need, equality - and "what is right."
He even appeared to blame his father's plight on the scam's ringleader - the ex-controller's longtime political guru Hank Morris - by noting his dad is loyal, "sometimes to a fault."
"Despite his failures and mistakes, I will not now or ever stop believing in him," Hevesi wrote. "Not just because I love him as the man who, with my mom, raised, protected and loved me, but because these transgressions will never define my father."
Also from the Daily News:
Disgraced ex-controller Alan Hevesi was in a hospital for an emergency procedure today -- on what was supposed to be his sentencing day.
Our Jose Martinez reports:
Facing up to four years in prison on a felony corruption charge for his role in a massive state pension fund pay-to-play scandal, Hevesi had to undergo an emergency endoscopy, defense lawyer Bradley Simon said.
Simon declined to get into the specifics of Hevesi's condition, saying it was a medical issue that popped up "over the weekend." (Ken Lovett says he understands the problem to be internal bleeding. - CK)
In other corruption news, Pedro Espada now faces more charges.