Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republicans met privately for about an hour on Tuesday afternoon to discuss ethics reform legislation in the state budget.

Cuomo took the unusual step of traveling to the third floor of the Capitol to meet with Republican lawmakers in their offices as the GOP conference remains skeptical over a proposal to disclose private legal clients of state lawmakers.

“I understand their issues,” Cuomo told reporters after the meeting. “We’ve been talking about it now for a number of weeks. We have an ethics agreement with the Assembly, which demonstrates it can be done.”

Cuomo added he had a “good conversation” with Republican lawmakers even as disclosure remains a “sensitive area” for lawyer-legislators.

“You should also remember this issue has plagued Albany for about 50 years,” Cuomo said.

The meeting takes place a week after Cuomo and Assembly Democrats agreed on a package of ethics reform measures in the state budget ranging from disclosure to pension forfeiture and travel per diem disbursement.

But the disclosure concerns and their scope have taken center stage for Republicans in the state Senate.

Cuomo is pushing the ethics legislation following the arrest of now-former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on corruption charges that stem from legal referrals masked as bribes, according to prosecutors.

“Members brought up some of their concerns and it’s mainly client confidentiality,” Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos told reporters, adding, “The main issue is how far do we go and also protect client confidentiality because that is very important.”

Cuomo has insisted that lawmakers must include ethics legislation in the budget or he won’t agree to a broader spending plan.

But Skelos this afternoon signaled both sides were willing to make an agreement on the ethics issues.

“We all realize there’s give and take if you’re going to get a result,” Cuomo said. “That’s where the discussions are right now and we’re going to continue.”

Senate Republicans did not mention any of their own reform proposals aimed at the executive branch when meeting with the governor, Cuomo and Skelos said.