Gov. Andrew Cuomo has long touted his relationship with Republicans in the state Senate, pointing to the bipartisan successes in Albany as being in stark contrast with the dysfunction of Washington.

Republicans, in turn, have come under criticism from conservatives for what they have seen as acquiescence on key issues like gun control and minimum wage.

But this year, Republicans seem less inclined to help Cuomo, as the relationship slides toward antagonism.

And Majority Leader John Flanagan indicated the conference is champing at the bit to take a more arched approach to Cuomo, starting with Cuomo’s pet economic development program: The Regional Economic Development Council.

“I think there’s questions that should be rightly asked about the councils, their independence, what type of disclosure they should have to do,” Flanagan told reporters on Wednesday at the Capitol. “Let’s be clear: There are existing laws that allow for these things to take place right now,” he said. “I guarantee you this, whatever is done will be done legally and in the full discourse publicly.”

The councils consist of business and higher education officials as well as state lawmakers and have been tasked with developing economic development strategies for a region. Those plans are submitted to the Empire State Development Corp., which through Cuomo announces how much those proposals will be funded.

While the councils have seemingly given the executive branch of government more authority and discretion over economic development spending, Flanagan insisted the appetite for oversight isn’t a switch in his approach.

“I think we’ve been acting that way,” he said. “I’m making it clear. If you’re doing things through executive orders, acting outside of the Legislature, taking an action we don’t always agree with, we have an obligation to ask questions.”

Resentments still linger between the governor and the Senate GOP, with Cuomo’s office blaming the Republicans for failing to marshal the needed votes to pass legislation that could have been considered in a special session of the Legislature.