From the Morning Memo:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made clear on Saturday there is very little love lost between him and the editorial board of The New York Times.

Cuomo defended to reporters the agreement in the state budget that is aimed at providing free tuition to SUNY and CUNY schools for students whose families earn less than $125,000 a year, which has come under criticism from some lawmakers and yes, The New York Times.

The Times’ left-leaning editorial board was critical of the plan as was the paper’s conservative columnist, David Brooks.

“My point is very simple: These are public colleges and they should be open to the public,” Cuomo said. “Ideally they should be free. We can’t get there, but this is a first step.”

As for the newspaper, which has endorsed his bid for governor in 2010 and his re-election in 2014 (but declined to endorse in a September primary against his little known and liberal opponent) Cuomo said the Times has an historic aversion to his family.

“I don’t know who they speak for and what they represent,” he said. “I haven’t seen an editorial endorsement of the Times that actually represented what happened in an election in a long time. So, I don’t know what that means. If you were to read the Times editorial, my father wouldn’t be governor, I wouldn’t be governor, once, let alone re-elected. They’ve always been very negative on my administration and my father.”