Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a radio interview Tuesday that state lawmakers should pass legislation that would enable people with terminal illnesses to end their lives with a doctor’s supervision.

“I say pass the bill,” Cuomo said in the interview on WAMC of the bill, known broadly as aid in dying legislation. “It’s a controversial issue, it’s a difficult issue. But the older we get and the better medicine gets, the more we’ve seen people suffer for too, too long.”

The measure has stalled in the state Senate under Republican control and has been opposed by the Catholic Church, which has been dealt a series of legislative losses so far this session, including a measure strengthening abortion rights.

Cuomo noted his father created a commission to study end-of-life issues during his time as governor.

“I think it’s a situation we have to address definitely,” Cuomo said.

The governor’s comments were cheered by aid-in-dying advocates.

“I’m so happy he answered the question the way he did,” said Corrine Carey, a supporter of the bill and the New York director of Compassion & Choices. “I had confidence the governor would be in the right place when the time came.”

She pointed to a similar measure already approved in neighboring New Jersey.

“There’s no reason that a zip code should separate us from having the same option that residents of New Jersey have,” she said.