From the Morning Memo:

Lawmakers in the state Assembly are open to holding public hearings to discuss sexual harassment in state government and how to develop policies that would address the issue, Speaker Carl Heastie told reporters on Wednesday.

“We’ve never closed the door to hearings,” Heastie said. “We have a new session coming in. We’ll speak about those things.”

Survivors and victims of harassment who have worked in state government have called for hearings on the issue in Albany after lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo agreed to a series of anti-harassment measures.

The Sexual Harassment Working Group has said the changes approved earlier this year have fallen short on several fronts, making hearings a preferred method of airing concerns.

Heastie added with reporters the Assembly’s staff had met with several victims in recent weeks to discuss the issue.

“Thank you @CarlHeastie for recognizing the need to open the door and shed light on the pervasiveness of sexual harassment- #MeTooPublicHearings is a crucial step we need to take,” the group wrote on Twitter on Wednesday evening in response to Heastie’s comments.