This is the part of the law addressing the death penalty:
Correction Law Article 22-B
THE DEATH PENALTY
Section 650. Warrant for execution of death sentence.
651. Time of execution.
652. Delivery of warrant and confinement.
653. Transmittal of record to the governor.
654. Governor may consult.
655. Governor only to reprieve.
656. Proceeding when person under sentence of death may be
657. Proceeding when person under sentence of death is pregnant.
658. Death penalty inflicted by lethal injection.
660. Persons authorized to be present at execution.
661. Examination of convicted person's body and certificate.
662. Disposition of body.
§ 650. Warrant for execution of death sentence. 1. When a person is
sentenced to the punishment of death, the justice or judge who presided
at the sentencing proceeding, or if that justice or judge is unavailable
for any reason, then any justice of the supreme court of the department
in which the defendant was sentenced, must, within seven days, make out,
sign and deliver to the sheriff of the county, a warrant directed to the
commissioner or to the superintendent of an institution in the
department designated by the commissioner. Such warrant shall state the
conviction and sentence, appoint a week on which the sentence shall be
executed, and command the commissioner to execute the sentence within
that week. In counties within the city of New York, or in the county of
Westchester, such warrant shall be made out as aforesaid, signed and
delivered to the commissioner of correction of such city or county.
2. If the execution of the sentence shall be delayed while the
conviction or sentence is being appealed, a justice or judge authorized
to act pursuant to subdivision one of this section, at the conclusion of
the state appellate process, if the conviction or sentence is not set
aside, must, within seven days, make out, sign and deliver another
warrant as provided in subdivision one of this section. If the execution
of the sentence on the date appointed is delayed by any other cause, the
justice or judge shall, as soon as such cause ceases to exist, make out,
sign and deliver another warrant.
§ 651. Time of execution. The week of execution appointed in the
warrant shall be not less than thirty days and not more than sixty days
after the issuance of the warrant. The date of execution within said
week shall be left to the discretion of the commissioner, but the date
and hour of the execution shall be announced publicly no later than
seven days prior to said execution.
§ 652. Delivery of warrant and confinement. 1. Within ten days after
the issuance of a warrant as provided in section six hundred fifty of
this article, the sheriff or the commissioner of correction, if within
the city of New York or county of Westchester, must deliver the warrant
and the person sentenced, if that person is not already in the custody
of the department, to the department or to the superintendent of the
state institution designated by the commissioner. Upon the issuance of
the warrant the court shall cause a copy to be personally delivered to
the convicted person and shall send a copy of the warrant to the
convicted person's last attorney of record.
2. From the time of the delivery of the warrant and until the
imposition of the punishment of death upon the convicted person, unless
discharged from the sentence, such person may, in the commissioner's
discretion, either be kept isolated from the general prison population
in a designated institution or confined as otherwise provided by law.
The commissioner, in his discretion, may determine that the safety and
security of the facility, or of the inmate population, or of the staff,
or of the inmate, would not be jeopardized by the inmate's confinement
within the general prison population.
3. The commissioner may promulgate rules and regulations concerning
visitation of inmates sentenced to death. Such rules and regulations
may provide that inmates sentenced to death are subject to different
visitation policies and procedures than inmates who are not sentenced to
§ 653. Transmittal of record to the governor. Within a reasonable time
following the issuance of the warrant as provided in section six hundred
fifty of this article, the clerk of the court in the county in which the
person was sentenced to death shall transmit to the governor a statement
of conviction and sentence, and the transcripts of both the trial and
the sentencing proceedings, including, to the extent practicable, any
exhibits introduced therein.
§ 654. Governor may consult. The governor is authorized to request the
opinion of the attorney general, the district attorney, and the
convicted person's counsel, or any of them, as to whether the execution
of the person should be reprieved or suspended.
§ 655. Governor only to reprieve. No judge, court, or officer, other
than the governor, can reprieve the execution of a person sentenced to
death. This section does not apply to a stay authorized by law.
§ 656. Proceeding when person under sentence of death may be
incompetent. 1. The state may not execute an inmate who is incompetent.
An inmate is "incompetent" when, as a result of mental disease or
defect, he lacks the mental capacity to understand the nature and effect
of the death penalty and why it is to be carried out.
2. Upon the filing of a petition in the supreme court in either the
county in which an inmate sentenced to death is confined or in the
county in which the inmate was prosecuted alleging that the inmate is
incompetent, the court shall issue an order staying the execution if and
to the extent a stay is necessary to permit determination of the
petition. Upon application of either the inmate's counsel or the
district attorney the petition may be transferred to the court in which
the inmate was convicted unless such transfer would be unduly burdensome
or impracticable. Promptly upon filing the petition, the court shall
appoint a commission of three psychiatric examiners, hereinafter
referred to as "the psychiatric commissioners," to inquire into the
inmate's competence and report to the court as to the inmate's
competence. The psychiatric commissioners shall be impartial and must be
qualified psychiatrists or certified psychologists. Before commencing an
inquiry, the psychiatric commissioners must take the oath prescribed in
rule forty-three hundred fifteen of the civil practice law and rules to
be taken by referees. The petition may be filed by the inmate, the
inmate's counsel, an employee of the department, the inmate's legal
guardian, a member of such inmate's immediate family or, in the event
that the inmate does not have regular contact with a member of his or
her immediate family, a bona fide friend who has maintained regular
contact with the inmate. The petition must be accompanied by an
affidavit of at least one qualified psychiatrist or certified
psychologist who, based at least in part on personal examination,
attests that in the psychiatrist's or psychologist's professional
opinion the inmate is incompetent and lists the pertinent facts
therefor. For purposes of this section the terms "qualified
psychiatrist" and "certified psychologist" have the meaning set forth in
section 730.10 of the criminal procedure law.
3. The petition shall be served upon either the district attorney who
prosecuted the inmate or upon the district attorney for the county in
which the inmate is confined. If the petition is served upon the
district attorney for the county in which the inmate is confined, the
court shall promptly notify the district attorney who prosecuted the
inmate. Immediately upon appointing the psychiatric commissioners, the
court shall direct that an examination of the convicted person promptly
take place with all three of the psychiatric commissioners present at
the same time. The court shall also direct, upon application of the
inmate or the district attorney, that the inmate be examined by a
qualified psychiatrist or certified psychologist designated by the
inmate or the district attorney. Counsel for the inmate and the district
attorney shall have the right to be present at each such examination.
Upon the filing of a petition pursuant to subdivision two of this
section, if the inmate does not have counsel and is financially unable
to obtain counsel the court shall appoint competent counsel experienced
in the trial of criminal matters to represent the inmate.
4. The psychiatric commissioners must receive and consider evidence
offered by the inmate's counsel and the district attorney, including
written submissions, testimony and expert psychiatric evidence. The
proceeding before the psychiatric commissioners shall be conducted on
the record but need not be conducted in accordance with the rules
governing the admission of evidence at trial, but counsel for the people
and the inmate shall have the right to cross-examine witnesses.
5. When the proceeding before the psychiatric commissioners has been concluded, they must forthwith provide a transcript of the proceeding, together with their findings of fact, to the court with their opinion thereon. Unless impracticable, the psychiatric commissioners shall so act within sixty days from the filing of the petition. When an inmate shall be found incompetent by a majority of the psychiatric commissioners, the court shall accept such finding unless clearly erroneous, and promptly enter an order finding the inmate to be incompetent, staying the execution of the inmate and directing that the inmate be committed to a secure facility under the jurisdiction of the office of mental health if the inmate's incompetency is the result of mental illness. In all other cases, the inmate shall remain in the custody of the department. When an inmate is found competent by a majority of the psychiatric commissioners, the court shall accept such finding unless clearly erroneous, promptly enter an order finding the inmate to be competent and vacating any stay previously issued, and the court shall promptly inform the judge or justice who issued the warrant for the execution of the inmate of the court's finding. Upon being so informed, the judge or justice shall promptly issue a new warrant in accordance with subdivision two of section six hundred fifty of this article. Any other provision of law notwithstanding, no other review, judicial or otherwise, shall be available with respect to an order finding the inmate to be incompetent or competent. If the court rejects the finding of a majority of the psychiatric commissioners on the ground that it is clearly erroneous, the court shall appoint another commission to proceed as provided in this section. 6. When an inmate has been committed to a secure facility pursuant to this section, the inmate shall remain there until the facility administrator determines that the inmate may be competent. Upon so determining, the facility administrator shall promptly notify the court that entered the order finding the inmate to be incompetent, and the court shall promptly notify counsel and the district attorneys and appoint another commission to proceed as provided in this section. 7. The court shall allow reasonable fees to the psychiatric commissioners. The court shall allow reasonable fees for time spent in court and for time reasonably expended out of court to counsel appointed pursuant to this section. The court shall allow all reasonably necessary costs, including without limitation the costs attendant to fees for the examination of the inmate by a qualified psychiatrist or certified psychologist, incurred by the inmate and the district attorney in connection with a petition pursuant to this section. Each claim for compensation and reimbursement shall be supported by a sworn statement specifying the time expended, services rendered, expenses incurred and reimbursement or compensation applied for or received in the same case from any other source. All such fees and costs shall be a state charge payable on vouchers approved by the court after audit by and on the warrant of the comptroller. 8. When a petition has previously been filed and determined pursuant to this section, the court in which a subsequent petition is filed or to which a subsequent petition is transferred, shall not issue an order staying the execution of the inmate unless the court finds, after notice to the district attorney who prosecuted the inmate and after affording the district attorney a reasonable opportunity to be heard in writing, that there is reasonable cause to believe that the inmate is incompetent; provided, however, that the court may issue an order staying the execution of the inmate, to the extent a stay is necessary to afford the district attorney an opportunity to be heard and such reasonable cause determination to be made.
§ 657. Proceeding when person under sentence of death is pregnant. 1.
A sentence of death may not be carried out upon a woman while she is
2. When the superintendent of the correctional facility where the
inmate is confined is informed that reasonable grounds exist that a
convicted person under sentence of death may be pregnant, the
superintendent shall appoint a qualified physician to examine the
convicted person and determine if she is pregnant.
3. Upon being informed by the superintendent that such convicted
person is pregnant, the governor shall stay execution of the warrant to
the extent necessary.
§ 659. Facility. The commissioner shall provide and maintain a
suitable and efficient facility, enclosed from public view, within the
confines of a designated correctional institution for the imposition of
the punishment of death. That facility shall contain the apparatus and
equipment necessary for the carrying out of executions by lethal
§ 660. Persons authorized to be present at execution. 1. The
commissioner, any persons designated by the commissioner to act as
execution technicians or otherwise to assist in the execution, including
correction officers, and a licensed physician or physicians may be
present at the execution. The commissioner shall also select and invite
the presence, by at least three days' prior notice, of a justice of the
supreme court, the counsel for the convicted person, the district
attorney and the sheriff of the county where the conviction was had,
together with six adult citizens. The names of the execution technician
or technicians shall never be disclosed, notwithstanding any other
provision of law to the contrary, including article six of the public
officers law. The names of the six adult citizens who witnessed the
execution shall not be disclosed until after the execution.
2. The commissioner shall, at the request of the person sentenced to
death, authorize and permit two clergymen to be present at the
3. The inmate sentenced to death may name four relatives or bona fide
friends to witness the execution, and the commissioner shall authorize
said named relatives or friends of the inmate to witness the execution
unless the commissioner determines that the presence of any named
relative or friend at the execution would pose a threat to the safety or
security of the designated correctional institution. No person under
eighteen years of age shall be permitted to witness any execution.
§ 661. Examination of convicted person's body and certificate. 1.
Immediately after the execution an examination of the body of the
convicted person shall be made by the licensed physicians present at the
execution and their report in writing stating the nature of the
examination and occurrence of death, so made by them, shall be annexed
to the certificate provided for in subdivision two of this section and
2. The commissioner shall prepare and sign a certificate setting forth
the time and place of the execution and stating that the execution was
conducted in conformity to the sentence of the court and the provisions
of this article. The commissioner shall cause the certificate to be
filed, within ten days after the execution, with the office of clerk of
the court in which the conviction was had.
3. The commissioner may appoint a deputy with the department to
execute the warrant of execution and to perform all other duties imposed
upon the commissioner under this article.
§ 662. Disposition of body. 1. Prior to the execution, the convicted
person shall be given the opportunity to decide in writing to whom his
or her body shall be delivered after the execution. The commissioner or
his or her designee shall sign and authorize the convicted person's
request if the request is not contrary to law. If the convicted person
does not indicate to whom such person's body shall be delivered, or if
the person's request is contrary to law, the commissioner may deliver
the convicted person's body to a relative by blood or marriage or a bona
fide friend. If the body is not claimed by a relative or bona fide
friend within seven days after execution, the body shall be delivered to
a duly authorized and incorporated pathological and anatomical
association in the state, if requested by an authorized association.
2. If the body of the convicted person is not claimed by a relative,
bona fide friend, or a duly authorized and incorporated pathological and
anatomical association, the commissioner shall cause the body to be
disposed of in the same manner as are bodies of prisoners dying in the
institution. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no autopsy
shall be required for the body of an inmate upon whom a sentence of
death has been carried out.