New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

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Cuomo to remove death penalty from NYS law

August 02, 2018 - 3:59 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he'll introduce legislation that would remove the death penalty from New York state law.

The Democrat made the announcement Thursday after the Vatican said Pope Francis changed church teaching to say death penalty is "inadmissible'' under all circumstances.

Cuomo says his proposal is made in solidarity with the pope and in honor of his late father, Mario Cuomo, a staunch death penalty opponent during his three terms as New York governor from 1983 to 1994.

The elder Cuomo vetoed legislation reinstating the death penalty 12 times in 12 years.

New York's death penalty was reinstated in 1995 while Republican George Pataki was governor. The state's highest court ruled it unconstitutional in 2004. The state hasn't executed a prisoner since 1963.