From the Morning Memo:

It has been widely reported that families whose loved ones were victims of police violence met with Cuomo at the Capitol and extracted a promise from him about appointing a special prosecutor in similar cases should the Legislature fails to pass criminal justice reform.

Now comes a new twist: According to one advocate and the mother of a black teenager killed by an NYPD officer, Cuomo said that the special prosecutor in question would be state AG Eric Schneiderman.

“The families do support that, and that’s actually what we talked to the governor about,” Loyda Colon of the Justice Committee said during a CapTon interview last night.

“All the families who met with the governor…were asking that he appoint the AG’s office, the attorney general’s office, the special prosecutor.”

“…So the governor did say that he actually only has the power to appoint the attorney general the special prosecutor; he can’t just choose any person,” Colon continued.

“So, he told the families he would meet with them in a month and also that if the reforms don’t go through that he would appoint the attorney general.”

Constance Malcolm, whose unarmed, 18-year-old son, Ramarley Graham, was shot and killed by and NYPD officer in 2012, concurred with Colon’s interpretation of Cuomo’s comments, saying of the AG-as-special-prosecutor idea: “We would take that as opposed to what we’ve got right now.”

A Cuomo spokesman was contacted regarding the advocates’ claims, but never responded to confirm or deny the governor’s alleged comments on this issue.

This is an interesting turn of events, given the longstanding tension between Cuomo and Schneiderman.

Not to mention the fact that Schneiderman long ago sought an executive order that would direct his office to investigate – and, if necessary, prosecute – cases involving unarmed civilians killed by police officers.

The governor wasn’t exactly big on that idea, nor were the local district attorneys, who don’t want to lose control over these cases – and, who advocates argue are too close to law enforcement to effectively prosecute them.

Instead, Cuomo in his State of the State address proposed a governor-appointed independent monitor who would have access to all records in these sensitive cases, and also would be able to appoint a special prosecutor should a local DA fail to secure an indictment.

Cuomo had hoped that his seven-point criminal justice reform plan would end up in the final budget, but it – like so many other policy proposals – fell off the negotiating table.

Malcolm said she and other family members “are not interested in the political back-and-forth” on this issue.

Advocates want the governor to use his executive power to appoint a special prosecutor ASAP, and are not interested in waiting until the end of the legislation session in June for action.