You’d think NY Governor Andrew Cuomo was a GOPer
He vetoed what advocates called “the most important criminal justice reform legislation in memory.” Thanks, Andrew!
Hours before the start of the new year, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) vetoed legislation that would have required the state to provide legal assistance to poor defendants in all New York counties.
The legislation, supported by both Democrats and Republicans, would have given the state seven years to take over indigent defense from local jurisdictions, including many that have been accused of violating the Constitution by failing to provide effective counsel.
But Cuomo’s office said in a statement late Saturday that the governor would not be enacting the bill, citing the high cost to taxpayers and the failure of last-minute attempts at a compromise with the legislature.
Because you can put a price on justice – at least in Andrew Cuomo’s New York!