From the Morning Memo:

The number two Republican in the state Senate believes mayoral control of New York City schools will be re-approved this year, but not for as long as Mayor Bill de Blasio would like.

“I think generally there will be an extension,” said Deputy Senate Majority Leader John DeFrancisco in a Capital Tonight interview. “But in my mind, it won’t be for the full seven years.”

De Blasio was in Albany on Wednesday to testify before a Senate Education Committee hearing for nearly four hours on the issue. For the most part, the thorny issues between Senate Republicans and de Blasio were avoided, save for one exchange between the mayor and GOP Sen. Terrence Murphy over a fundraising investigation.

Throughout his testimony, de Blasio had insisted the current system as it is is a far better alternative than a diffuse system of superintendents in charge of city schools.

Senate Republicans haven’t expresse unease with the program itself, which began under their political benefactor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“He’s well supported by business groups and others who seem to think this is better than having a commission or a group run the schools,” DeFrancisco said of de Blasio.

Last year, de Blasio sought a permanent extension of mayoral control, but only received 12 months. The program is due to once again expire in June.

In the interview, DeFrancisco wouldn’t say how long the program would be extended this time.

“I think it’s more likely to be a shorter period of time than seven years,” he said.