Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo made it clear this morning he intends to back up his tough talk against the so-called “special interests” – chiefly, the public employee unions – with dollars in an air campaign war, if necessary.

Speaking to The Post’s Fred Dicker on AM TALK 1300, Cuomo said he understands he’ll be targeted by organized labor when he proposes deep cuts in his first executive budget, adding: “They will attack me. And I understand it and I understand why they do it. I anticipate it, and I am prepared for it.”

“I have said I am going to do it,” Cuomo said. “I have been doing it. I did it through the campaign. I understand the argument they are making. I have a mandate.”

“If the Legislature wants to choose the special interests, then I want to make it clear to the people of the state of New York exactly what their choices were.”

“…. I have campaign money. I am working with (everyone). There will be a full discussion and argument with all sides being heard. I think if the public hears all sides, then it will not even be close. And I think that the legislature will follow the side of public.”

The governor-elect said he will be ending the year with some $4 million left in his campaign coffers. He said that’s “not enough to wage the type of campaign I’d like to wage,” adding: “I want to make sure I am raising ehnough money to (get my message out).”

Dicker noted that CSEA has launched a new ad campaign (just radio at the moment, but I’m told TV spots are coming), that slams unnamed “politicians” who think public sector layoffs are a “quick fix” and argues that firing state workers “only makes the economy worse.”

“Politicians who talk about creating jobs while promoting layoffs are talking out of both sides of their mouths; everybody knows New Yorkers have had enoguh of that,” the ad concludes.

Just yesterday, Cuomo was at Tryon talking about the “ridiculous” waste of keeping an empty facility open because state law requires a long lead time prior to closing it down (largely to protect union jobs). He also insisted only private sector job creation will help pull New York from its fiscal morass.