In his sit-down interview with the State Parole Board earlier this month, disgraced former Comptroller Alan Hevesi told commissioners of a “confrontation” with his adult children — including Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi of Queens — that resulted him in re-thinking his actions in the pay-to-play pension fund scandal that sent him and his former top political aide to prison.

Hevesi will be released from Mid-Hudson Correctionl Facility by Dec. 19 after serving roughly 19 months in prison for his role in the scandal.

Hevesi, who had been previously denied parole, told commissioners that his children forced him to confront the scandal differently, insisting that he no longer wanted to minimize his role.

“They are loving, they are loyal, supported me, stood by me all the way through this and then they beat me up, verbally beat me up because I was in denial about what really occured,” Hevesi said.

The Democrat, who resigned in 2006 amid charges that he used his security detail to act as chaffeur for his wife even though he was re-elected to a second term, told commissioners of an abusive “thug” older brother who terrorized his family.

And Hevesi attributed his actions to the power of managing a sprawling bureaucracy, the state retirement fund and rubbing shoulders with important people got to his head.

“I got arrogant. Not arrogant in that I treated people like British nobles and how they treat their servants, not like that, but I am entitled. I am dealing with hedge funds, millionaires and Wall Street billionaires and president of South Africa and Gerry Adams and the Clinton White House and suddenyl I’m a big shot in over my head…. It got away from me.

Hevesi, insisting that his office did good work despite the scandals, also acknowledged that he contributed to some of the cynicism in the public when it comes to state government.

“There is a lot of damage here that I caused,” he said.

Hevesi was sentenced to one to four years in prison. His former political aide, who arranged for favored access to the state’s pension fund, was denied parole earlier this month.

Hevesi also told the Parole Board that he had gotten into a dispute with a corrections officer over changing the television channel in a common area at Mid-Hudson. Hevesi said no voices were raised, but words were exchanged. He calle the interaction a “mistake.”

Hevesi Alan 11R1334 Transcript – November 2012