From the Morning Memo:

New York’s death penalty has been effectively suspended since 2004, when the state’s highest court ruled it unconstitutional.

But a bill introduced Thursday by Sen. Brad Hoylman would end it entirely by outlawing it completely and eliminating references to the death penalty in state law.

“The death penalty is racist, arbitrary, and inhumane,” Hoylman said. “The New York Court of Appeals ruled capital punishment to be unconstitutional in 2004, but the language enabling it remains in state law to this day. I’m proud to introduce legislation with Senator Brian Kavanagh to finally repeal New York’s death penalty statute, and remove it from the books forever.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last year announced he would support efforts to strike the death penalty from state law — a move that came as Pope Francis declared “inadmissible” to Catholic teachings. He included the provision in his budget proposal this year.

Cuomo’s father, Gov. Mario Cuomo, vetoed efforts to reinstate the death penalty a dozen times as governor amid political pressure from supporters of capital punishment.

In 1995, Gov. George Pataki signed legislation in favor of the death penalty; the state Court of Appeals ruling led to the last remaining inmates on death row to have their sentences commuted to life in prison.