For the 12th straight year, Gov. Cuomo vetoed legislation Friday that would have restored the death penalty in New York State.
Proponents lack the votes to override the veto this year in either the State Senate or the Assembly. Cuomo's death penalty vetoes, like those of Gov. Hugh Carey, have always been sustained. New York's electric chair hasn't been used since 1963.
Cuomo said he understood the public's concern about violent crime, but warned that "those who live by a code of violence will not be deterred by the threat of receiving the death penalty."