OK, so it wasn’t early, but it was good enough for him.

At 1:08 a.m., a triumphant statement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo hit my in-box with the all-caps boldface headline: “GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES ON-TIME PASSAGE OF HISTORIC, TRANSFORMATIONAL 2011-2012 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET.”

The subtext: “State budget eliminates $10 billion deficit, includes sweeping reforms and efficiencies.”

Cuomo praised the legislative leaders, who are no doubt hoping this move improves their standing in the eyes of both the public and the governor himself, as he has not been shy about criticizing Albany and its entrenched dysfunction.

“”Tonight the Legislature not only passed an on-time budget, but a historic and transformational budget for the people of the state of New York,” Cuomo said.

“This bi-partisan and bi-cameral cooperation will give New Yorkers the good budget they deserve. It was an invaluable public service for the state government to ‘function’ so well at this difficult time and I especially applaud the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for this demonstration of competence and performance in state government.”

You can read the entire statement here.

No word yet on when the governor will sign the budget into law, although at 1:10 a.m. I received another press release with the subject line: “Budget Bill Signing Press Release.” Its contents, however, focused on the budget’s passage – in fact, it was identical to the one sent out two minutes earlier – and didn’t mention anything about a signature.

UPDATE: As per the comments section: It’s possible that no signing is required. (Thank you!!)

Cuomo is attending the late former Rep. Geraldine Ferraro’s funeral in NYC this morning. It’s not yet clear how he’ll be spending the rest of his day.