From the Morning Memo:

Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins expects changes to the state’s criminal justice system to come one way or the other by the conclusion of the legislative session.

The Yonkers Democrat in an interview in her office on Wednesday pointed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s vow to appoint a special prosecutor to handle cases in which an unarmed civilian dies in an interaction with police unless the Legislature adopt his reforms.

“I think something will happen by the end of June,” Stewart-Cousins said. “It’s imperative. We cannot continue that all is well and not necessary for change.”

Her bill that would have created a special investigation office under Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was killed in a Senate Finance Committee session earlier this week.

Senate Republicans have focused primarily on issues of police safety and have pushed to give law enforcement more money for body armor.

“I thought it was a reasonable bill,” she said. “It turns now that it did not get out of committee.”

The debate over criminal justice reform — which has included policy prescriptions ranging from grand jury transparency to the special prosecutor’s appointment — began in New York last year following the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died in a choke hold applied by a police officer.

Since then, more deaths of unarmed black men have stirred protests and demonstrations around the country.

“This is a conversation that has been a long time coming,” she said. “It should resolve in meaningful action that would restore the faith of everyone in the criminal justice system.”