with Kathy Hochul taking over for Governor Cuomo next week, advocates are excited to see what it is the new administration is going to accomplish.
The executive director of the New York State League of Women Voters, Laura Ladd Bierman, said it’s exciting to have someone to inspire other young women to aim for higher positions.
As Cuomo gets ready to leave, he granted 10 clemencies.
5 were pardons and 10 were commuted sentences.
Advocates think Cuomo hasn’t done enough in his time with things like that, explaining he has only issued 36 sentencing commutations with 12 of them being in 2020.
Governor Newsom has granted 90 since 2019 in comparison to Cuomo’s last decade.
What Cuomo has done though, is close many prisons, diminishing the incarcerated population by 45%. He also pardoned 67,900 people.
The reason for the pardons was a program that began in 2018 that only existed to help people on parole restore their right to vote.
Releasing Aging People from Prison Campaign’s Jose Saldana is hopeful that Hochul takes the issue more seriously.
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