Queens Democratic Sen. Mike Gianaris told Capitol Pressroom host Susan Arbetter that he wouldn’t blame Gov. Andrew Cuomo if the leadership in the Senate is retained by the Republican conference.

Gianaris disagreed with MSNBC host Chris Hayes and Salon.com’s Alex Pareene when it comes to laying blame at Cuomo’s feet for not supporting a Democratic takeover the chamber.

“I would blame the Senate Republicans for purposely trying to create chaos against the will of the voters,” said Gianaris, the leader of the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee. “Democrats had a successful election day because the people want a Democratic Senate.”

Gianaris noted Cuomo endorsed fellow Queens lawmaker Sen. Joe Addabbo over Republican rising star Eric Ulrich (Cuomo also endorsed Republican Sen. Stephen Saland, who trails Democrat Terry Gipson by 1,600 votes). Cuomo also pledged his support to Sen. Roy McDonald, another Republican who backed the governor’s same-sex marriage proposal should he have campaigned actively on the Independence Party line.

“The governor was helpful to us in some competitive races where we needed his help and his popularity among the Democrats in this state speaks for itself,” Gianaris said.  “I certainly would not blame him.”

Gianaris did note that “individual Democratic senators” should take note that the state’s voters want a Democratic-controlled chamber.

That comment appeared to be a very clear message to the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of four breakaway lawmakers — Sens. Jeff Klein, Diane Savino, David Valesky and David Carlucci – who conference separately.

With incomig Brooklyn Democrat Simcha Felder now on the Republican side of the aisle, the GOP needs either Saland or George Amedore to win their races in order to achieve a working majority of 32 members. If they don’t, Republicans would need to cultivate at least one non-GOP member to side with them and will likely look to the IDC to be the power brokers.