From the Morning Memo:

County leaders from around the state are launching an advisory group to help local governments implement a measure that sets the age of criminal responsibility to 18 over the next 2-1/2 years.

The provision, known as raise the age, was a key component in the state budget agreement last month. It formally takes effect by Oct. 1, 2019.

The New York State Association of Counties formed the committee, which includes county prosecutors, sheriffs and other local officials that will address the fiscal impact of the measure and identify needs for county probation departments, district attorneys, mental health agencies and social service offices.

“This law will require initial and sustained investments in critical county departments, and this task force is charged with identifying those areas of investments and other unintentional consequences that may result from it,” said Chuck Nesbitt, the county administrator of Orleans and the group’s chairman.

The budget included a partial reimbursement for counties associated with the cost of implementing raise the age.