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Christmastime is the traditional period when governors grant pardons or commute the sentences of a few, select prisoners. As he approaches the end of his third year in office, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has yet to do either.

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This stands in contrast to his predecessors.

Gov. David A. Paterson, during his nearly three years in office, commuted the sentences of three and pardoned 35, including 24 on Christmas Eve 2010. Democrat Eliot Spitzer pardoned one during his 13 months in office. Republican George Pataki commuted the sentences of 32 and pardoned one over his 12 years in office. Democrat Mario Cuomo commuted 37 during his three terms.