Moreland Commission co-chairman and Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick is a supporter of public financing for political campaigns, but said in a radio interview that an ethics package without a donor matching system would still be a victory.

Fitzpatrick, a Republican, told Susan Arbetter on The Capitol Pressroom Monday morning that he was still hopeful a public campaign system would be approved in the Senate, which is controlled by a coalition of Republicans and four independent Democrats.

Senate Republicans oppose the public financing measures that have been approved in the Democratic-led Assembly over the years.

“I’m reading that there’s only one vote short in the Senate,” Fitzpatrick said. “That doesn’t sound like dead on arrival to me.”

It’s actually a bit more complex than that, as Gannett pointed out last week: Not all Democrats in the mainline conference are on board, and several lawmakers have an uncertain future in the chamber come 2014.

While a majority of Moreland Commission members backed a recommendation in a preliminary report to create a public financing system, seven members joined a dissent that argued against the proposal, which is backed by labor groups and good-government advocates.

Still, Fitzpatrick insisted the commission would be a success if the remaining recommendations — better enforcement of campaign finance laws, stronger anti-bribery penalties among them — were approved.

“If everything we recommended is put in place except for public financing, I would consider that a tremendous victory,” he said.

Fitzpatrick confirmed that the commission had reviewed the campaign finances of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, while adding Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney’s comments on Capital Tonight that it would be a “mockery” to probe Cuomo and Schneiderman “counterproductive.”

Like Cuomo, Fitzpatrick said the commissions focus is meant to be on the Legislature, given the spate of corruption arrests in the last year.

“I’m not going to issue subpoenas because of what Eliot Spitzer did,” Fitzpatrick said. “I’m not going to issue a subpoena to placate a reporter.”

However, when asked about a Jim Odato column in Monday’s Times Union that found corporate sponsors — some with business before the state — were being sought to underwrite state agencies’ events, Fitzpatrick said that raised questions.

“Somebody is tone-deaf in Albany to have done this,” he said.