(AP) Gov. Cuomo on Monday granted clemency, his first in two years, to Miguel Lopez, 38, of the Bronx, a state prison inmate suffering from acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
Cuomo rejected an application for clemency from Jean Harris, the former school headmistress convicted of killing "Scarsdale Diet" author Dr. Herman Tarnower. Ms. Harris and Tarnower had been lovers.
The governor also turned down clemency requests from more than 400 inmates, said Anne Crowley, his press secretary.
It was the first time Cuomo has cited AIDS as a factor in granting clemency. The action means Lopez, serving time on a drug charge, is eligible for parole.
But his date of release is up to the state Board of Parole, which probably will review his case this month. A statement from Cuomo's office described Lopez's condition as "grave."