There has been no immediate comment from the limousine company. Its vehicles were inspected five times in the last two years, and the company has had four vehicles taken out of service.
The Gansevoort, New York-based company has three vehicles and two drivers, records show, although officials said three vehicles had been seized along with the one involved in the crash.
Governor Cuomo told reporters the limousine failed a state safety inspection last month, and its owner Prestige Limousine has been shut down while an investigation continues into what caused the crash.
The company operating the limo, Prestige Limousine, is under a cease-and-desist order and can not operate as the investigation is underway.
Fiore said authorities couldn't answer several questions at this point, such as whether the limo's occupants were wearing seat belts, whether the vehicle's brakes were working or whether the driver was speeding. Residents in the town of 3,000 mourned Sunday afternoon as the town supervisor reflected on the two volunteer ambulance companies who responded.
Officials are investigating the crash, which occurred near the town of Schoharie in NY state on Saturday afternoon.
Stretch limousines are often converted cars or SUVs.
Numerous victims were from the upstate city of Amsterdam, about 20 miles north of the crash site.
The limo failed to stop at the intersection of State Route 30 and State Route 30 A and crashed into a parked SUV, causing the deadliest U.S. transportation accident in nearly a decade, authorities said.
Investigators were reviewing text messages and social media posts from victims who were active moments before the deadly crash.
The limo's passengers were all headed to celebrate a birthday party at a brewery in Cooperstown, according to a relative who spoke to the New York Times. He is survived by his daughter, 10, stepson, 14, and wife, who were not in the vehicle.
Somewhere along the way, Abeling said, the bus apparently broke down and the limousine was the replacement, she said.
McGowan's aunt, Valerie Abeling, told CNN her niece had texted a friend saying the company had sent the stretch limousine to replace a vehicle that had broken down.
Still, the group continued southwest on State Route 30.
Within seconds, the limousine lost control, careening through the intersection and hitting an empty vehicle.
The crash occurred outside the Appel Barrel Country Store and Cafe, a popular spot for tourists who come to view the region's fall foliage.
There, it struck a parked SUV and at least two pedestrians, before becoming lodged in a ditch at the side of the road, police said. So was the limo's driver.
After Comedian Tracy Morgan was seriously injured in a truck-limo van crash in New Jersey in 2014, the NTSB recommended the limousine industry encourage seat belt use in stretch limos, among other suggestions. Two bystanders also were killed.
"You have 20 fatalities".
The fatal accident came just 20 minutes after one of the occupants texted her cousin, saying the limo was "in bad condition".
The crash appeared to be the deadliest land-vehicle accident in the USA since a bus ferrying nursing home patients away from Hurricane Rita caught fire in Texas 2005, killing 23.
"At this time the identities of the victims are not being released pending the autopsy results and notification of the family members", said Fiore.
According to the New York Times, the limousine lost control while going through an intersection that residents of the area say is notoriously unsafe. "Our lives have been changed forever".
NBC news reported that Mary Dyson's husband, Rob Dyson, also died.
Abby Jackson was a middle school special education teacher in Amsterdam, New York, Santabarbara said.
"The Steenburg and King families suffered tremendous loss yesterday that is nothing short of tragic", Rich Steenburg's family said in a statement to CNN affiliate WHAM.
"One of the things that we do want to look at is how are limousines regulated". But safety issues on such vehicles have arisen before, most notably after a wreck on Long Island in July 2015 in which four women on a winery tour were killed.