From the Morning Memo:

Staten Island Republican Sen. Andrew Lanza is “confident” mayoral control of New York City schools won’t lapse, but suggested the GOP conference is backing an extension of no longer than three years.

“I’m confident we’re going to end up with mayoral control. Whether it’s one year, two year, or three years that is being discussed,” Lanza said in an interview. “For me, as long as each year we have mayoral control going forward it’s very important for New York City, for the students and teachers.”

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan last week introduced a bill that extend mayoral control for 12 months and raise the state’s cap on charter schools by 100.

Assembly Democrats in May approved a bill that would provide for a three-year extension and largely kept the program, first installed under Mayor Michael Bloomberg as it is.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat who has been at odds with both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republicans, had pushed for a permanent mayoral control extension, but told reporters when he traveled to Albany last month he was fine with a three-year sunset for the moment.

But he did not back a shorter, 12-month extension, saying such a move would make the issue a “political football.” De Blasio also runs for re-election next year in two years.

Lanza, however, said a shorter time frame for mayoral control expiring would allow lawmakers to make adjustments as needed.

“I think it just adds another layer of transparency and accountability to it,” he said. “I think that’s a positive, I’m not sure it’s a political football that we can’t handle. It provides us an opportunity for us to tweak.”

Lanza, along with Brooklyn’s Marty Golden and Democrat Simcha Felder, is among the trio of GOP conference members from New York City and has been involved in the discussions on the mayoral control issue.

As for the proposal to raise the state’s cap on charter schools — a move that Cuomo supported in his State of the State in January — Lanza blanched at the idea both the cap increase and mayoral control were seen as being “tied.”

“Tying to one thing is not the language I would use,” he said. “We have to make sure we have a comprehensive system that provides enough choice and delivers as many resources to our education system.”