Gov. Andrew Cuomo asserted to reporters in Rochester today that he has the power to link policy matters to spending in the state budget.

Cuomo, in a question-and-answer session, pointed to the latitude the state’s constitution gives the governor in the budget process.

“We have something called the constitution,” Cuomo said. “In the constitution, it prescribes the power for the executive and the legislative and the judiciary. The predominance of the power of the executive is to make a budget.”

He added: “If the speaker doesn’t like the constitution of the state of New York, he can try to change the constitution.”

Cuomo was responding to the latest concerns raised by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie in a radio interview on The Capitol Pressroom this morning.

“I continue to challenge the public and the media to be concerned about the Legislature being threatened to go into negotiations,” Heastie told host Susan Arbetter.

Cuomo’s 30-day budget amendments yolk his ethics legislation — including new disclosure requirements and reforming the travel reimbursement system for state lawmakers — to appropriations, including capital projects.

The move has angered state lawmakers, who warn of gubernatorial overreach in a process that already vests broad powers in the executive.

Those powers were broadened following the Pataki v. Silver ruling, which Cuomo is hinging his budget push with the amendments.

Cuomo pointed to the Assembly and Senate having their own legislative powers, such as appointing the Board of Regents and making confirmations of gubernatorial appointments, respectively.

“I disagree with the speaker,” Cuomo said today. “I understand his position is the Assembly should have more power and control.”