But, over two years and a month, the Governor has granted a grand total of 0 pardons and 0 commutations of sentence. Earlier, a spokesman promised Cuomo would use the pardon power "practically and methodically to help ensure everyone is treated fairly under the law.” Writes Dwyer:
So the quality of mercy is not strained under Mr. Cuomo. It hasn’t even broken a sweat.On the other hand, the Governor, in a recent radio interview said he had "considered using it in a number of cases.” On top of that, he added that he "wouldn't rule it out, by any stretch of the imagination." So, there you go. If that is not being practical and methodical, what is?
A former chair of the State's Parole Board agrees that there are “cases that deserve serious consideration." But, he adds, "I don’t see it happening because of political risk.” Political risk? Political risk with restoring the rights of persons who committed minor crimes years ago and have integrated back into society as law abiding members? Risk? NONSENSE. See full article here.