Usually around this time of the year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asked whether the coming legislative session will be harder than the previous year.

Cuomo acknowledged that perennial question in today’s Red Room news conference.

“Every year there’s an analysis that this year’s going to be really hard,” Cuomo said.

But, indeed, a lot of the potential landmines and headaches Cuomo will face in 2014 are bleeding through from 2013: The Moreland Commission investigation of the Legislature, the call to raises taxes on the wealthy (yet again) from Mayor Bill de Blasio and the ongoing fiscal stresses of local governments to name a few.

And this year, it’s all in the context of a coming political season for all 213 members of the Legislature and the statewide elected officials, Cuomo included.

“It shouldn’t be shocking, it’s just that every year is hard. Forget that it’s a political year,” Cuomo said. “A political year should make it simpler, right? But every year is hard. These are difficult issues, they’re very complicated issues. The Assembly and the Senate are different bodies with different people with different sets of interests.”

Cuomo added there are some factors that could make this year an easier one: Familiarity with the Legislative leadership and less uncertainty over how the Senate will function under the leadership of two lawmakers, one a Republican and the other a Democrat.

“I think it is somewhat simpler as we all know more about each other and about the process,” Cuomo said. “This is not the first time we’re working together, this is not the first time we have bifucated leadership in the Senate.”

Cuomo is perhaps banking on there be less of a desire on the Legislature’s part to fight over policy and the budget.

“This year, it’s a political year, there’s going to be a limited appetite and success begets success for the most part,” he said.