ICYMI, this was in the morning memo earlier today:

Andrew Cuomo has never made a secret of the fact that he thinks there’s too much government in New York.

Since he took office in January 2010, Cuomo has made a point of down-sizing – or, as he likes to say, right-sizing – state government, consolidating agencies, doing away with redundancies and shutting down facilities whenever possible in an effort to streamline operations and save the taxpayers money.

But Cuomo’s consolidation push actually dates back to his days in the attorney general’s office.

In 2009, he traveled the state with a power point presentation decrying the quote antiquated system of local government that consists of more than ten thousand entities – even one in Suffolk County, which Cuomo particularly relished highlighting, designed with the sole purpose of disposing of duck waste.

Since he took office in January 2010, Cuomo has made a point of down-sizing – or, as he likes to say, right-sizing – state government, consolidating agencies, doing away with redundancies and shutting down facilities whenever possible in an effort to streamline operations and save the taxpayers money.

Even though this wasn’t the most obvious focus for the state’s top attorney, Cuomo made consolidation a personal cause celebre.

He proposed legislation that would make it easier for local governments and citizens to merge and abolish towns, villages, special districts and other governing structures. He lobbied the Legislature to pass the measure and was eventually successful, despite opposition from volunteer firefighters and some local officials.

Critics say the resulting law is cumbersome, and few municipalities have actually opted to use it. But Cuomo had succeeded in making his point.

Now the governor has returned to this familiar territory, saying local governments facing financial difficulties should not seek a bailout from the state, but instead take a hard look at consolidation.

And he has proposed a state level task force to prod reluctant officials in what he considers the right direction.

A combination of declining revenues – further complicated by the tax cap Cuomo championed during his first year in office – and rising costs is pushing a growing number of governments and school districts closer to insolvency.

In the end, many local officials could end up with two equally unpalatable options: Consolidation or bankruptcy.

The governor has already made it quite clear which he prefers.