Passing a constitutional amendment for public financing as opposed to stand-alone legislation might not work, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters in Albany today.

Cuomo, who held a day-long conference on storm rebuilding and recovery, said during an off-topic gaggle that going the amendment route wouldn’t necessarily net a fruitful result.

“If they’re not going to pass a bill, they’re not going to pass a constitutional amendment,” Cuomo said, adding that it was an “option” nevertheless.

A bill that would have created a system of publicly funded campaigns stalled in the coalition-led Senate earlier this year.

After state legislators and Cuomo could not agree on an ethics reform package, Cuomo empaneled a Moreland Commission on Public Corruption to investigate the Legislature.

The theory was the commission could recommend a Constitutional amendment that would perhaps make a public financing system more palatable to Senate Republicans. It takes two separate sessions of the Legislature to approve an amendment to the Constitution.

The commission itself has come under criticism for the role Cuomo’s staff has played in reportedly directing subpoenas, which Moreland co-chairs and the governor’s office have denied.

Cuomo, who had previously said the commission could investigate anywhere it wants, told reporters today it was set up to probe the Assembly and Senate because of the spate of corruption scandals.

“The governor and the attorney general and the district attorneys have not had this string of indictments and charges that we have seen from the Legislature,” Cuomo said. “The reason why I empaneled the Moreland was because of the rash of corruption allegations in the Legislature. That’s why they were empaneled to investigate the Legislature. There’s a cause and effect here.”

The commission subsequently issued a subpoena of the state Democratic Committee’s housekeeping account.

He added that the hiring of lawyers to fight subpoenas issued to either state lawmakers, their housekeeping accounts or even their law firms is a “mistake.”

“I think they’re compounding the public’s sense they have something to hide,” Cuomo said. “I believe it’s in everyone’s best interest for the public to have trust in the Legislature. I think it would make it a more rewarding job.”