Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a Spooktober warning for state lawmakers: Considering passing an ethics package or risk public corruption becoming a factor in next year’s elections.

“Next year is an election year, and it will be an accountability year,” Cuomo said.

In an interview on WCNY’s The Capitol Pressroom, Cuomo acknowledged to host Susan Arbetter that the state Legislature has been productive during his time in office.

“It’s inarguable that they are working and producing better,” Cuomo said.

“But the second issue is with ethics, which is percpetion and a reality of corruption in the Legislature,” Cuomo said in the interview. “I am more aggressive than they are on that issue.”

Cuomo and state lawmakers are tussling over his Moreland Commission on Public Corruption, a subpoena-empowered panel he created in July to investigate legislative wrongdoing.

The panel has come under criticism for reported influence from the governor’s office, and yesterday hostilities erupted in public between the governor’s own Democratic executive director and two state lawmakers who sought to reign in future commissions.

On the same day, lawyers for the Senate Republican Campaign Committee in a filing asked a state Supreme Court judge to toss out a subpoena from the commission seeking records and communications about its operations.

The commission has also been rebuffed when it asked state lawmakers to reveal more information on their outside income and their legal clients.

“The Legislature is saying, we don’t want to disclose our outside income,” Cuomo said today. “The Legislature is saying it’s none of your business.”

Though the Legislature has the right to fight the subpoena power in court, Cuomo said, “I have a right to go to the people of the state of New York next year and explain to them the issue.”

Cuomo believes he can win the ethics battle in the long run, most likely aware that polls show a broad majority of voters believe state government corruption remains a problem in Albnay.

The governor has been calling lawmakers in private to discuss a possible ethics package, which would come after a spate of corruption arrests in the last year.

Campaigning publicly on the issue of ethics could be a potentially effective tool for the governor, though pitfalls remain as Cuomo risks further alienating the Legislature one year before he runs for re-election himself.