March 8, 1995 in Nation/World

N.Y. Governor Restores Death Penalty

Compiled From Wire Services

Gov. George Pataki brushed aside 12 years of Mario Cuomo’s vetoes and signed a bill Tuesday to make New York the 38th state with a death penalty.

“Our state has traveled a long and arduous road to arrive at this point in history,” the Republican governor said. “That long road is now over. Justice will now be served.”

The state Legislature had approved capital punishment bills for 18 straight years, only to see them vetoed by Cuomo and his predecessor, Hugh Carey, both Democrats.

“It’s a shame. It truly is a shame,” Cuomo said Tuesday, acknowledging that opposition to the death penalty may have cost him last year’s election.

“It’s from fear, anger, shortsightedness and some cynicism coming together to overwhelm intelligence,” Cuomo said.

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