Gov. Andrew Cuomo met privately with Jonathan Soros, the son of liberal financier George Soros and the bank roller of well-funded campaign to create a system of publicly financed campaigns, according to a batch of schedules released on Wednesday by the governor’s office.

The timing of the meeting between Cuomo and Soros is interesting: It came on March 28, a day before state lawmakers and the governor would reach an agreement on the budget that included the public financing of political campaigns for the state comptroller’s race.

The agreement was bitterly received by liberal advocacy groups, which had been pushing for a statewide system in the budget.

Soros has contributed more than $1 million to the public financing effort, which remains one of the top lobbied-for policy items in Albany.

This wasn’t the first time Soros has had a face-to-face with the governor.

Soros also met with Cuomo in April 2013 and participated in a phone conference call with the governor.

The schedules also show Cuomo, along with his top adivsor Larry Schwartz, met on March 22 with Andy Pallotta, the statewide teachers union vice president, several weeks before NYSUT dropped its longtime president Dick Iannuzzi in favor of Karen Magee.

Pallotta was accused by Iannuzzi earlier this year of unilaterally approving a $10,000 contribution to Cuomo’s re-election effort.

March-2014 by Nick Reisman