More than a dozen state lawmakers have signed onto a letter calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to appoint a special prosecutor to probe the death of Eric Garner after he was subject to a choke hold from police.

The three-page letter, sent by Assemblyman Nick Perry on Thursday, was also signed by Democratic members of the Senate and Assembly, all from mostly from New York City.

In the letter, the lawmakers express frustration with what they see as a lack of progress from Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan’s office in pursuing the case, which has been ruled a homicide by the New York City medical examiner’s office.

“We write to you today Governor Cuomo, on the 32nd day following the tragic chokehold death of Mr. Eric Garner, because there is still a stunning and bewildering lack of timely and appropriate action from the Staten Island District Attorney’s Office and the NYPD,” the letter states. “The apparent reluctance to act, displayed by the District Attorney’s Office is a major source of our alarm over the failure to address the deep public anger and steeply eroding trust in our justice system.”

The lawmakers also draw a parallel between this case and the racially charged Howard Beach incident in 1986, when one black man was killed and another beaten.

“In the Howard Beach case, Governor Mario Cuomo allowed just twenty-five days to go by, and with no action by the Queens District Attorney he responded to the widespread opinion, and public frustration that the Queens District Attorney had exhibited a lethargic approach, and maybe even partiality in his investigation,” the lawmakers write. “In appointing a special prosecutor for the Howard Beach case, Governor Mario Cuomo further expressed his opinion that the public had lost confidence in the Queens District Attorney’s ability to fairly prosecute that case.”

The letter comes a day after Mayor Bill de Blasio held a round table discussion on police-community relations with Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the Rev. Al Shaprton.

Cuomo Garner Press by Nick Reisman