Gov. Andrew Cuomo is endorsing Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky, the third Democratic lawmaker who is facing a primary to earn the governor’s support.

“I am proud to support my good friend Toby Stavisky because she has been a fierce advocate for her community in the State Senate,” Cuomo said in a statement this morning. “As a former public school teacher, Toby has worked to make quality higher education accessible to all New Yorkers. I know that whether it is raising the minimum wage, enacting new laws to curb gun violence, or passing historic ethics reforms, her constituents can count on Toby Stavisky to represent them with distinction.”

Cuomo is also backing Sens. Adriano Espaillat and Neil Breslin, both of whom face primary challenges this Thursday.

Cuomo has not declared his desire to see a full Democratic takeover of the state Senate, but instead has annonuced he will back candidates on a case-by-case basis.

The endorsements are more than just a lifeline to the Democratic conference, which is trying to retake the majority in a presidential election year despite the strong headwinds they face from a well-organized Republican majority.

The endorsements also serve to remind Democrats that Cuomo remains very much in their camp, despite his working well with Senate Republicans.

“I am honored to have the support of Governor Cuomo, just as I am proud to have worked with him to pass on-time budgets, to cut middle-class taxes to their lowest point in fifty years, and to make state government more responsive to New Yorkers,” Stavisky said in the same statement.