The tersely-worded statement from AG Andrew Cuomo’s office clearing Tom DiNapoli in the ongoing pay-to-play pension fund scandal is the closest the state comptroller is going to come to receiving the formal support of the Democratic Party’s standard bearer, a source familiar with Cuomo’s plans confirmed.

Cuomo was repeatedly pushed yesterday on whether he will endorse DiNapoli and declined to say one way or another.

But my source said emphatically that no endorsement will be forthcoming between now and the Nov. 2 selection because the AG thinks it would be “inappropriate” to clear the comptroller one day and then turn around and embrace him politically the next.

“He’s not going to take any position in the race,” the source said.

“There’s no implication, it would just be inappropriate to do it…(DiNapoli) is a sweet guy, he really is. The comptroller’s office requires radical reform. He might not really want to do it, but I’m not sure Harry Wilson knows enough about how government works to do it, either.”

This doesn’t come as any huge shock. Cuomo has been hedging for months on DiNapoli as the pension fund probe continued. The AG has also made no secret of the fact that he would like to see the sole trusteeship of the fund replaced by a board system – something both DiNapoli and Wilson oppose to varying degrees.

(They’ve both suggested setting up some version of a board to advise them, but neither wants to give up the responsibility – and power – that comes along with being the sole trustee). With former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi’s guilty plea last week galvanizing editorial pages once again on this issue, however, the board system switch might turn out to be unavoidable for whoever wins in November.

Wilson was once speculated to be mulling crossing party lines to endorse Cuomo.

That never happened, but Wilson has declined to endorse his own party’s standard-bearer, Carl Paladino, saying he doesn’t want to back anyone whom he might be in the position of auditing as comptroller. Wilson has in the past noted that he and Cuomo are running mates on the Independence Party line.

DiNapoli has been included in the coordinated campaign that Cuomo spearheaded and directed $1 million of his campaign cash to the state party to help fund.

DiNapoli will appear on joint literature with Cuomo and his fellow statewide Democratic contenders (Sen. Eric Schneiderman for AG, US Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer), but there will be no “Cuomo for DiNapoli” TV ads, events or mailers.