Gov. Andrew Cuomo dialed in to a telephone conference this evening with supporters of campaign finance reform, saying the effort of dramatically overhauling the current system is a top priority for him.

“To me, it’s one of the most important issues to complete,” he said.

The call, sponsored by several groups including Citizen Action, Demos and the Working Families Party, comes as Cuomo says he will make a post-budget push for overhauling the state’s campaign finance laws, with its sky-high donor limits and disclosure loopholes.

It’s a system that Cuomo has benefitted greatly under: He has more than $22 million in the bank for a re-election effort that’s well over a year away and enjoyed support from the Committee to Save New York, a non-profit group funded by wealthy business interests that ran ads in favor of his first two years as governor.

“I’ve worked on this for many, many years,” Cuomo said on the call of campaign finance reform. “We’re trying to get it passed this year in the legislative session.”

Cuomo wants to create a system of public financing for political campaigns, a system he estimated would cost $30 million, though he pointedly noted that was out of a $140 billion budget (Cuomo’s State of the State briefing book released in January says the public financing system would be funded through an unspecified off-budget source).

Cuomo also backs a disclosure law that would require donations above $500 be reported within 48 hours.

But the call was largely a pep rally for the 1,350 supporters who organizers say joined in on what they described as the first time Cuomo committed to such a forum as governor.

The participation is a sign that Cuomo is trying to build some public support — especially among the politically active — for the effort that faces a heavy lift both in the Senate and Assembly.

Cuomo on the call compared the effort to his prior successes in Albany that took some carrots and sticks to accomplish.

“Politicians will always be in step with the majority,” Cuomo said. “Otherwise they are no longer politicians.”