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Persons authorized to be present at execution
Correction (COR) CHAPTER 43, ARTICLE 22-B
§ 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.