A key New York lawmaker says there are no plans to postpone or shorten this year’s legislative session, even as the COVID-19 outbreak forces the closures of public events nationwide.

State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Westchester, suggested that contentious criminal justice matters that have taken center stage this year, such as marijuana legalization and changes to bail reform, would take a backseat as government leaders focus on curbing the spread of COVID-19, the disease associated with the novel coronavirus.

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