From the Morning Memo:

Newly elected Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan said this week he will take a tactful approach to dealing with New York City’s Democratic mayor, Bill de Blasio.

Flanagan’s immediate predecessor, Dean Skelos of Nassau County, made little secret of his resentment toward de Blasio, who unsuccessfully sought to flip the state Senate to the Democratic conference and provide for a more favorable airing his business in Albany.

The politics of the 2014 elections soured the already tenuous relationship between Senate Republicans and the de Blasio administration, which is fighting to preserve and make permanent mayoral control of city schools.

The mayor’s office is also involved in pushing a revision to the 421-A tax abatement as well as the debate over rent control regulations, due to expire next month.

But Flanangan told NY1’s Zack Fink in a one-on-one interview that he will find a way to constructively engage de Blasio.

“He’s the mayor of the city of New York,” Flanagan said. “So he is a key player. He deserves fundamental respect for who he is, and more importantly, for the job that he has.”

Flanagan said it’s unlikely mayoral control will be permanent, but he will negotiate an extension.

Meanwhile, the Suffolk County Republican said he will turn toward his three conference members from New York City, Sens. Andrew Lanza, Marty Golden and Democrat Simcha Felder, to help guide him on the issues facing the city.

“As the leader of the conference, and as a colleague, the three most important people to me in the city of New York are Lanza, Golden and Felder. Senator Lanza, Senator Golden and Senator Felder. So we, whatever actions we take, I think should be guided by their knowledge and experience,” he said.