From the Morning Memo:

Last last night, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos’ office released a list of 16 senators – 15 Republicans and one Democrat (Brooklyn Sen. Simcha Felder) – who have pledged their support for Skelos’ effort to remain in his leadership post.

“We strongly believe that Senator Dean Skelos should remain on as majority leader of the New York State Senate,” the senators said.

“He has the leadership we need to move the Senate forward so that we can continue to do the people’s work and finish out this year’s session in a productive manner.”

Counting Skelos himself, that makes just 16 of the GOP conference’s 32 members – an even half – willing to publicly proclaim their allegiance to the embattled majority leader.

Ostensibly, should the Democrats’ effort to suspend the rules yesterday in the chamber and force a vote on Skelos, he very well could have lost his leadership role right then and there.

The list includes Skelos’ No. 2 – Deputy Majority Leader Tom Libous, who is in Florida recovering from surgery related to his fight with terminal cancer, and is also battling in a corruption case of his own.

Two Republicans mentioned as potential Skelos replacements – Sen. John Flanagan and Sen. Cathy Young – are on the list. A third, Senate Finance Committee Chairman John DeFrancisco, is not.

Also backing Skelos: Sens. Hugh Farley, Ken LaValle, Jim Seward, Kemp Hannon, Bill Larkin, Michael Nozzolio, Carl Marcellino, Marty Golden, Jack Martins, Phil Boyle, Michael Venditto and Tom Croci.

All of the so-called “Long Island nine” (including Skelos) are represented on the list.

Many of the senators not on the list have not yet publicly stated their position on Skelos’ future. The six who have called on him to step aside include: Sens. John Bonacic, George Amedore, Rich Funke, Sue Serino, Betty Little and Robert Ortt.