From the Morning Memo:

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Gov. Andrew Cuomo haven’t seen eye to eye on much so far this year following the crumbling of negotiations over holding a special session in December.

But on Tuesday evening, it was the Republican leader in a statement praising Cuomo for signing a bill that blocks the implementation of a 5-cent fee on plastic bags in New York City — a measure that had been pushed by the GOP conference, most prominently Sen. Simcha Felder, a Democrat who aligns with the Republicans and is a key vote.

“I want to thank Governor Cuomo for doing the right thing and signing our common-sense, bipartisan bill to stop the implementation of the New York City bag tax,” Flanagan said in the statement. “The measure to overturn this tax was passed overwhelmingly by both houses, proving that the overall issue was never about protecting the environment.”

The bill, which delays the fee taking effect for a year, presented a quandary for the governor: Environmental groups wanted the fee in order to cut down on plastic waste; lawmakers from both parties viewed the fee as a regressive tax.

“If allowed to go forward, this onerous bag tax would have hurt low- and middle-income residents the most, making it even more difficult to make ends meet in what is already the most expensive city in the world,” Flanagan said in his statement.

A veto would have stirred talk of an override, a potentially embarrassing development for Cuomo in Albany.

Instead, Cuomo backed the bill and released a 1,000 word essay on a new initiative meant to cut down on plastic litter and waste through a task force.

Environmental groups were less enthusiastic in their response.

In the Trump-age, state government’s role cannot begin and end with blocking the work of local governments,” said Peter Iwanowicz, the executive director of the Environmental Advocates of New York. “While it’s been an open secret that Governor Cuomo did not want to deal with this legislation, as the state’s chief executive, he has the opportunity and, now, the responsibility to lead.”