From the Morning Memo:

State lawmakers return to Albany today for a post-budget legislative session in which there is one thing certain: Nothing is really certain at all.

Democrats could potentially gain control of the state Senate for the first time since losing power after a two-year stint in the majority between 2009 and 2010, assuming the two competing Democratic conferences can work together after being at odds for seven years.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, facing a primary challenge from actress and education advocate Cynthia Nixon, has been under increasing pressure to show he’s the true champion of the left, bringing him closer to his allies in organized labor, who have fled the Working Families Party.

In a way, these are insider-ish concerns. But how the next several weeks play out in Albany — the intersection of liberal activism coming into its own with the Nixon challenge, a Democratic state Senate and a governor fending off a primary bid like he’s never faced before — could have revelations on New York for years to come.

There’s still the matter of what can or cannot get done in Albany before the end of the session in June, but much of it is left up in the air due to the questions surrounding Senate control. Should Democrats win two open seats in the chamber on April 24 in special elections, the pressure will be on Sen. Simcha Felder to switch sides, giving the party a working majority.

Still, that’s a narrow working majority of one seat, making it difficult for Democrats to pass some of the more controversial measures on their to-do list, such as strengthening abortion rights.

Nevertheless, some lawmakers are hopeful that criminal justice provisions like cashless bail for non-violent offenders or early voting can pass this session.

Then there’s the question of how the Independent Democratic Conference, which is due to formally dissolve itself this week, will merge with the mainline Democratic conference in the state Senate.

Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins in an interview last week indicated she was planning for a smooth transition between the two conferences.

“Obviously I think it will be a transition period,” she said, “but I’m trying to really minimize upheaval. I think you’re going to see a whole lot of repositioning, there will be some, but not a whole lot. and we’re all there to serve the people of New York and I think New Yorkers are going to be better off with us together.”

After dropping his bid for the WFP’s endorsement and subsequently losing it to Nixon, Cuomo’s campaign lamented the “schism” in the WFP, while also insisting the Democratic Party in New York was unified.

“After nearly a decade of discord, we have a united Democratic Party and the governor is 100 percent focused on maintaining that unity to fight Trump in Washington, take back the House and win the state Senate,” said Cuomo campaign spokeswoman Abbey Fashour. “The schism between the progressive unions who founded the WFP and some of its member organizations is unfortunate, but in that divide the governor stands with the unions who have left the WFP and no longer feel it represents the interests of middle- and working-class New Yorkers.”