Former President Bill Clinton appeared via video at the state Democratic Convention on Thursday touting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s time in office — an appearance that naturally comes with overtones of 2016.

Clinton, or perhaps even his wife the former secretary of state, had been rumored to appear at the convention in person — a rumor that was heightened given the strict security at the Long Island Hilton for the convention’s second day.

Instead, Clinton appeared in a video to praise his former Housing and Urban Development secretary.

“I told New Yorkers Andrew would do great things as attorney general and governor and he has,” Clinton said in the video.

Among Cuomo’s successes, Clinton listed the legalization of same-sex marriage as well as pushing a revitalization of upstate New York.

“Communities that suffered for decades are now coming back for life,” Clinton said.

And he said Cuomo has been able to tame Albany’s long-standing dysfunction.

“New York state government has been transformed into an engine of action standing in stark contrast to the gridlock of Washington, D.C.,” Clinton said.

The video carries the subtext of 2016, as Cuomo has been a potential Democratic candidate in two years’ time, as has Hillary Clinton.

Both Clintons have sought to shore up their support among the Democratic base of the party, as evidenced by their role earlier this year at the inauguration of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio who, like Cuomo, also spent time in the Clinton administration’s HUD.

“At this point in my life, one of my great joys is seeing people I used to work with go on to do great things,” Clinton said.

Though Cuomo would almost certainly not seek the nomination in 2016 should Hillary Clinton launch her own campaign, having him firmly in the Clinton wing of the party with its overlapping donors and policies can’t hurt the couples’ cause.

And certainly Clinton seems to suggest he’d like to see his former HUD secretary not just be re-elected, but stay in Albany through 2018.

“I believe that with four more years, he can take our state to even greater heights,” Clinton said.