Gov. Andrew Cuomo has endorsed Deputy Senate Minority Leader Neil Breslin, the Albany-area Democrat who faces a primary challenge from a candidate backed by the Independent Democratic Conference.

“I am proud to endorse Senator Neil Breslin for re-election. He is a progressive legislator who has provided effective and steady leadership in turbulent times. He speaks honestly to those who disagree with him and he has demonstrated the ability to build consensus among his colleagues. I consider him a true partner in restoring integrity and trust to state government,” Cuomo said in a statement.

Breslin faces Albany County Legislator Shawn Morse in this Thursday’s Democratic primary. Morse has received financial help for the primary from the four-member IDC, the breakaway conference of Democrats led by Bronx Sen. Jeff Klein.

The Breslin endorsement comes after Cuomo backed Sen. Adriano Espaillat, a Democrat who was the most likely to unseat Rep. Charlie Rangel in a June Congressional primary, but came up short.

At the time, Cuomo went with the incumbent, backing Rangel over Espaillat.

But now he’s backing Espaillat over Assemblyman Guillermo Linares, who is supported by Rangel.

Cuomo’s status quo endorsements also come after he declared he would make his endorsements on a “case-by-case” basis for the state Senate.

While much has been made of the tension between Cuomo and the Senate Democratic conference, it is unlikely the governor will endorse Republican candidates.