When was the last execution in New York State?
While the capital punishment debate continues across the country to this day, it is fairly widely known that some states still have the death penalty while others have abolished it. From 2022, twenty-seven states of the country continue to apply the death penalty. Some states, like Virginia, abolished the death penalty in 2021. Most New Yorkers know that there have been no executions here for many years. But how long ago was that?
You may not know that New York was the first state to introduce the electric chair in 1886, as a more humane form of execution than hanging? Capital punishment has also been banned more than once in New York. 1860, a bill was passed that somehow accidentally abolished capital punishment in the state. While hanging was already considered inhumane at the time, there was no back-up plan at the time (we wouldn’t have electricity until 1879). However, the New York Court of Appeals ruled the law unconstitutional, and the following year legislation was signed that would bring the death penalty back to the Empire State.
The last person to be executed in New York State was Eddie Lee Mayes on August 15, 1963, at Sing Sing Correctional Center in Ossining. Mayes had been sentenced to death after killing a patron during a robbery at the Friendly Tavern in Harlem, in March 1961. But even that almost didn’t happen. His defense attorney revealed in 1988 that they had reached an agreement with the prosecution to reduce his second-degree murder charge. While the prosecution agreed to do so, thus sparing his life, Mayes said he would rather “fry” than spend his life in prison.
The decision in Furman c, Georgia would ban the existing death penalty nationwide, from 1972 to 1976. While no executions would take place in New York, even after his reinstatement, Governor George Pataki signed legislation in 1995, which provided for the execution by lethal injection. Nine years later, however, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that the state’s death penalty law violated the New York Constitution. Some lawmakers have since attempted to pass bills that would reinstate the death penalty in certain circumstances, but nothing came of it.
Governor David Paterson issued an executive order in 2008, requiring the removal of death row and the closure of the state execution chamber in Green Haven. Eventually, Governor Andrew Cuomo removed the death penalty law from New York state law in 2016.
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25 Hudson Valley Locations Featured In Movies
The Hudson Valley or the new Hollywood? The Hudson Valley has been featured in many movies over the years, and it doesn’t stop. Recent hits like A Quiet Place (2018) to modern classic movies like The Departed (2006), The Hudson Valley has been an understated hotspot for locations. Thanks to tax incentives, beautiful locations, and the growth of independent cinema, the Hudson Valley will continue to thrive as a valuable destination for filmmakers.
So we’ve compiled a list of 25 Hudson Valley locations featured in the film. This list also includes blockbuster hits and independent films. We hope you enjoy reading and learning more about the Hudson Valley and the movies!