One of the powers that the Governor of New York has is the ability to grant clemency or outright pardons to prisoners. Over the years, many people have seen their sentences reduced, most of them victims of the stiff Rockefeller Drug Laws.
One of them was Anthony Papa, who in his book 15 to life wrties that he was offered a chance to make a quick $500 dollars for delivering an envelope, but ended up getting busted as part of a sting operation. It was his first offense. And he ended up getting sentenced to 15 years in Sing Sing prison. After 12 years in prison, Papa was granted clemency by Governor George Pataki. And now Papa is writing to Governor Cuomo to ask him to show leniency in his first year in office.