ALBANY N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – On the same day Pope Francis changed Catholic teachings, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s planning on pushing for new legislation to remove the death penalty from New York state law.
At the Vatican, the pontiff condemned the death penalty, calling it “inadmissible,” an attack on human dignity and an outdated teaching.READ MORE: NYC DOT Asks New Yorkers To Weigh In On Future Citi Bike Station Locations In Brooklyn, Queens
Cuomo said his proposal is being 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.READ MORE: 28-Year-Old Man Burned In Garage Explosion At Perth Amboy Home
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.MORE NEWS: Jose Lopez Charged With Exposing Himself To Several Women On The Subway, Police Say
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