From the Morning Memo:

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo tussles with district attorneys over funding for key criminal justice law changes, a reform group has his back, cheering his opposition to providing prosecutors with more money to pay for evidentiary discovery reform.

District attorneys, as well as Attorney General Letitia James, have called for a boost in funding for the discovery law changes that will require an expedited processing of evidence. DAs have called the change set to take effect at the beginning of the new year an unfunded mandate that will require more staff and new technology.

Cuomo on Wednesday with reporters said he didn’t see a need for more funding. And criminal justice reform groups agree.

“We applaud Governor Cuomo for pushing back on the disingenuous rhetoric that is being distributed by system actors only interested in keeping the status quo,” said Zoë Towns, the senior criminal justice reform director at

“The reality is the pretrial reforms passed in 2019 will lead to tremendous savings for counties throughout New York because legally innocent people will be awaiting trial at home with their families rather than in costly jail cells.”

Cuomo’s budget office has noted county prosecutors will benefit from bail law changes, which end cash bail for many criminal charges and reduce the number of people in county jails as a result.