At least two GOP Senate lawmakers (and I say at least two because I may have missed an email here or there) released statements today praising Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the passage of a 2 percent property-tax cap.

The first came from Suffolk County Sen. Lee Zeldin, who sent along a group shot of the Long Island delegation at the ceremonial tax-cap signing in Nassau County last week.

Then came Sen. Patrick Gallivan, a western New York Republican, who appeared alongside Cuomo at another property tax cap signing event in Buffalo today.

Gallivan said in a statement that,

“Standing up for the taxpayers of Western New York has been my top priority in Albany. Now, thanks to Governor Cuomo’s leadership and cooperation on this issue, New York has a property tax cap that will keep families in their homes, grow our communities, and foster economic development.”

Senate Republicans had long sought a cap on local property taxes for New York, which has among the highest levies in the country.

And, while this is a long way off, shows that a GOP challenger in 2014 against Cuomo will have a difficult time trying to devise a line of attack on fiscal and taxation issues, unless the Democratic governor forces through a tax increase in the next three years.

The effects of the 2 percent tax cap, so far, are unknown. School districts, teachers unions and local government officials are concerned that the cap was passed without a real effort at chipping away at unfunded state mandates, while the Cuomo team argues that once the cap is in place, governments and school boards will be forced to make the difficult (and presumably correct) spending choices while retaining essential services.

But the Republican bon homies are interesting for another reason. As redistricting loooms for 2012, does Cumo continue to push for an independent commission to redraw legislative boundaries, which in all likelihood make it more difficult for the GOP to retain its narrow 2-seat majority?

Or does he take a more laissez-faire approach and let the courts redraw the lines? Senate Republicans and Cuomo have, for the most part, worked well so far with some grousing on the Senate Democrat side. Watching how that relationship developments will be the more interesting political stories through 2011 and into next year.