Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino on Wednesday said he expects Senate Republicans to continue resisting a broader agreement on the public financing of political campaigns.

Astorino, who held a roughly 12-minute gaggle with reporters at the Capitol this morning, dismissed a question as to whether Senate Republicans backing public financing would undercut his opposition to the program.

“They have stated they’re not in favor of it and I’m going to hold them to their word,” Astorino said.

Still, Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos earlier this month at the state Republican convention said he was open to a compromise on publicly financed political campaigns as long as it did not use direct taxpayer dollars, otherwise known as “off-budget funds.”

The 2014-15 state budget agreement in March included a public financing program for the state comptroller’s race for this year only. In a twist, Republican candidate Bob Antonacci says he is participating in the program; Democratic incumbent Tom DiNapoli says he will not.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been using a variety of means to pressure Senate Republicans to back a broader system after advocates for public financing blasted the deal, including the floating of having the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference in the Senate return to the mainline fold.

The state Conservative Party, meanwhile, has indicated that public financing is a line in the sand for supporting Senate Republicans this fall for re-election.

“The Conservative Party has their view on this and I agree with them on this,” Astorino said.

The Westchester County executive, meanwhile, continued to blast Cuomo for closing down the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption and seized on his office’s reported involvement in the panel’s investigation.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has asked state lawmakers to preserve records relating to the Moreland investigation, and Cuomo’s office has not said whether he has been asked to do the same.

“Did the governor’s office get the same request? It’s a simple question they should answer, yes or no — not evade it,” Astorino said.