Gov. Andrew Cuomo would not quite declare public financing and long-sought ethics reform legislation dead on arrival in Albany, but he acknowledged that now is the time in which lawmakers have the “greatest incentive” — a salary increase — and still won’t do it.

“I think this is the moment where in some ways — the greatest incentive for them to do it was now and with the greatest incentive they will not do it,” Cuomo said at a cabinet meeting today.

Cuomo has said he’s sympathetic to the push from state lawmakers, primarily in the state Assembly, to receive their first pay increase since 1998. Their salaries currently stand at $79,500.

But Cuomo has used the moment to demonstrate the difficulty of getting both the Assembly, controlled by Democrats, and the state Senate, which will be under Republican control next month, to create a public financing program for political campaigns or place limits on outside income for state lawmakers.

It’s a bit of jujitsu on the part of a governor who is frustrated with liberal critics and ethics reform advocates who have knocked him for not pushing hard enough on their issues while also side-stepping the politically fraught pay raise issue.

Cuomo said the pay increase, which would impact the new session of the Legislature due to be seated come January is “probably the single item they want most and wanted most in four years.”

Cuomo insisted today that he’s negotiating in good faith, but more or less indicated a special session to deal with ethics reform and a pay raise is highly unlikely.

The governor also lamented what he sees as essentially a Catch-22: He could give them the pay hike, but settle on ethics legislation, which would be the third reform package passed since he’s taken office as governor.

“What I could do is get whatever I can get and give them a pay raise,” he said, adding that he would be criticized for the move.