From the Morning Memo:

Manhattan Republican Committee Chairwoman Andrea Catsimatidis on Thursday will hold a strategy meeting with GOP consultants to discuss the 2018 elections, according to an invitation obtained by Capital Tonight.

The location of event billed as a “victory luncheon” was not given.

“The purpose of this gathering is to get everyone in a room to discuss ideas and paths for a GOP victory in 2018,” the invitation says.

Catsimatidis was elected the Manhattan GOP chairwoman earlier this year, succeeding Adele Malpass, whose husband David took a job in the Trump administration.

The meeting comes as Republicans face challenges in the coming election cycle, from pressures to maintain their last hold on state-level power in the Senate and win their first statewide election since George Pataki won a third term as governor in 2002.

Democrats hold all statewide offices and U.S. Senate seats as well as a large majority in the state Assembly.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Democratic officials are pushing the party’s warring factions in the state Senate, meanwhile, to reach a deal and unify by the spring.

Meanwhile, Republicans face broader political headwinds that stem in part from an unpopular GOP president who has galvanized liberal voters in opposition.

Incumbent Westchester County executive Rob Astorino, considered a potential gubernatorial candidate, lost his bid for a third term last month and the GOP suffered defeats in a traditional suburban stronghold of Nassau County.