From the Morning Memo:

Carl Heastie of the Bronx is poised to become the next speaker of the state Assembly.

The 47-year-old county chairman, a taciturn and soft-spoken lawmaker, in an interview with NY1’s Zack Fink touted his ability to talk to people, even when they disagree.

“(I) try to have good relationships with anyone even if you disagree. And I’m sure the governor and I are going to disagree. But he and I have always had the ability to talk to each other and disagree,” he said.

He would have to put those skills to good use if he becomes the speaker of the Assembly, who is one of the “three men in a room” who negotiates the budget and major legislative priorities with the Senate majority leader and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Lawmakers in recent days have indicated they want a speaker who can be tough enough to do the table-poudning budget work with Cuomo, but also someone who can loosen the grip the speaker’s office has on legislation, committee assignments and, most importantly, information.

Heastie, who would become the first African-American speaker of the Assembly if elected, said such progress “shouldn’t stop with me.”

“My ability and position as county chair I’ve always been very supportive of women candidates and appointments and recommendations and things like that,” he said. “And I love being someone who breaks the glass ceiling.”

On a more personal side to the potential speaker-to-be, Heastie revealed his favorite food is lasagna and that his favorite movie is “Purple Rain.”

One thing that would likely have to change for Heist is talking to reporters. Indeed, the on-camera interview granted by Heastie is a rare one. Press shy, Heastie is known for rarely commenting on the record, instead preferring emails or texts.

As he was poised to build support for speaker, Heastie hired two media consultants who have experience with the Capitol press corps.

Heastie begrudgingly acknowledged that not speaking to reporters would have to change.

“I think I am going to have to unfortunately,” he said.