A coalition of advocacy and good-government groups on Wednesday called on a state lawmakers in the Assembly and Senate to schedule public hearings that would consider criminal justice and grand jury reforms.

The call comes after Gov. Andrew Cuomo has indicated in recent days he wants to overhaul aspects of police training as well as the grand jury procedure following a Staten Island grand jury not indicting a New York City police officer in the choking death of Eric Garner.

Cuomo, in calling for the reforms, has pointed to potentially having police wear body cameras, adding more transparency to the grand jury process and in some instances replacing a district attorney with a special prosecutor to handle police-related deaths.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman this week called on Cuomo to grant him authority to investigate deaths of unarmed civilians caused by police until legislative changes can be made.

Senate Democrats, meanwhile, want the appointment of a special prosecutor in the interim, and are pushing for the creation of an investigator to probe police deaths.

Both Schneiderman and Stewart-Cousins have said they would support addressing these changes in a potential special session.

However, the coalition writing to legislative leaders and committee chairs said such proposals should be discussed in public legislative hearings.

“This important topic cries out for a broad and open discussion between elected leaders, members of the Legislature, advocates, and the public,” they wrote. “Public interest in this topic is at a fever pitch, both from those who advocate for specific reforms and those who believe no reforms are necessary. The gravity of the issue requires an approach that goes beyond the usual behind closed doors negotiation process.”

NYS Letter on Open Hearings 12-10-14 FINAL by Nick Reisman