From the Morning Memo:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has no interest in brokering a “shotgun” marriage for the mainline Democrats and the seven-member Independent Democratic Conference in the state Senate — a sign he will continue to let the members of his party in the chamber feud over leadership.

“If they don’t want to marry, I have no power or role in forcing the marriage,” he said during a stop in Batavia on Tuesday. “There is no political shotgun marriage equivalent of the old days.”​

Cuomo has long been pressured to convene a truce in the state Senate between the two Democratic factions. Progressives who want to see a Democratic-controlled state Senate have charged, too, that Cuomo prefers Republican control of the chamber in order to have an upper hand in budget and legislative negotiations.

And yet, Cuomo has pointed to the inevitable personality clashes involved in a peace between the IDC and mainline Democrats.

The Independent Democratic Conference was formed in 2011, led by Bronx Sen. Jeff Klein. The conference has grown to seven members in the last several months.

A Capitol observer on Tuesday, taking stock of Cuomo’s comments, said Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and her deputy, Queens Sen. Mike Gianaris, aren’t willing to work with Klein.

“Stewart-Cousins and Gianaris don’t really want a coalition with Klein because it diminishes their personal standing to c-leader and number 3,” the observer said. “Otherwise why would they be attacking klein and his people every chance they get? They are actively pushing the IDC away. It’s all about their power and ego and not about democratic control or unification at all.”

Mike Murphy, a spokesman for the Democratic conference, said, “The Senate Democrats have been the only ones who have called for Democratic unity. It’s more important than ever in this age of Trump that Democrats work together for progressive victories. New York should be a progressive leader.”

The IDC formed a coalition majority with Senate Republicans in 2013, which lasted for a two-year term.

Republicans currently maintain control of the Senate with the help of Brooklyn Sen. Simcha Felder, a Brooklyn Democrat who is not an IDC member.

Gianaris has over the last several weeks proposed a plan that would temporarily hike taxes on the rich and hotels in the New York City area temporarily to pay for emergency transit upgrades amid an ongoing series of delays and derailments of subways.

Cuomo, who has faced political pressure over the situation, has said the tax is unlikely to gain traction among Senate Republicans.