Assemblyman Bill Reilich (R,C,I-Greece) today joined his Assembly minority colleagues in calling for reinstatement of the death penalty in New York. However, the attempt was turned back on the Assembly floor by the majority.
The state’s death penalty was ruled unconstitutional by the state Court of Appeals two years ago, and the state Legislature has not taken action to fix the statute.
Today’s attempt by the Assembly minority was to establish a death penalty for killers of police and correction officers.
Reilich, a longtime death penalty supporter, called on his colleagues in the Assembly and state Senate to back up his call with the votes necessary to restore the death penalty.