From the Morning Memo:

Larry Schwartz, the former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo who departed his office earlier this year, expects the two-term Democratic incumbent will run for a third term.

The expectation comes after Cuomo’s 2014 re-election campaign account was re-named Cuomo 2018, according to a filing with the state Board of Elections.

In a statement sent to Capital Tonight, Schwartz credited Cuomo with helping turnaround the state’s economy following the conclusion of the recession and housing crisis.

“The Governor has worked tirelessly to move New York forward and is very optimistic that the economic transformation that has already started in this state will grow exponentially in the coming years,” Schwartz said. “I have known him for three decades and I would bet anything that he runs again.”

Schwartz left the Cuomo administration in January, though continued on to take accrued vacation time and help with the transition through March. He was recently hired by OTG, an airport concession firm.

Cuomo’s decision to run again wouldn’t have to be formally made until at least three years from now — several political lifetimes from now.

But the re-naming of the campaign committee coincides with a number of potential candidates jockeying to run.

On the Democratic side, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is believed to be interested in running for governor and could harness the grassroots liberal advocates who helped give Zephyr Teachout a surprisingly strong showing in last year’s primary against Cuomo.

A dark house candidate could be U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who is rumored to harbor presidential ambitions, but might want to seek executive experience.

For Republicans, outgoing Rep. Chris Gibson of the Hudson Valley has not ruled out running for a statewide campaign. The party’s 2014 nominee, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, is expected to make another go of it as well for governor.

Third terms don’t always go as planned: Mario Cuomo, Ed Koch, George Pataki and Michael Bloomberg all had difficult final terms in office and either lost their bid for a fourth or declined to run again entirely.

Still, Team Cuomo is counting on fatigue for the current governor not hitting just yet.

Cuomo still remains personally popular in this heavily Democratic state with a favorability rating north of 50 percent in most polls.

He still has at least $8 million in cash on hand and is re-starting his fundraising efforts this month.

And while Cuomo acknowledges this was not an easy budget, he was able to get his desired education reforms through the state Legislature — demonstrating he’s no lame duck.