If you asked Gov, Andrew Cuomo last month about the chances of a statewide public financing program being approved, he’d give a rather pessimistic answer.

“There is a difference of opinion on public finance and you have a very strong feeling, especially in the Senate, that public finance is not the way to go,” Cuomo said after the 2014-15 budget was approved.

And if you asked Cuomo two weeks ago, and you’d get a very similar response — the votes in the Senate, he says, just aren’t there.

“Well I should force them to do what they don’t want to do,” Cuomo told reporters back on April 24. “You know, that’s not really the role of a governor, that’s not really possible at the end of the day. Public finance, it’s a close vote, but we don’t have the votes.”

But liberal advocacy groups in recent weeks have been pushing the governor to force the issue in Albany, and especially with Senate Republicans and momentum for some sort of a deal, if not a handshake agreement by the time the Working Families Party has its convention at the end of the month, appears to be gathering.

They remain upset that an agreement in the budget on public financing impacted only the state comptroller’s race. Democratic incumbent Tom DiNapoli won’t participate in the program.

Ironically, his Republican opponent says he will.

“We’ve got to be viable and I think that matching program would put us in a spot we would not otherwise have been in,” said Bob Antonacci, the newly declared candidate for comptroller.

That’s music to the ears of good-government advocates supporting a public financing system.

“A system of public financing allows him to get in the race and be a serious candidate and that’s what we’ve been arguing for three decades,” said Blair Horner of NYPIRG.

Cuomo has been working to move the issue forward, writing an opinion piece in the Huffington Post and floating various compromises, including a phase-in of the system in 2015 and even a regional plan that would give more public dollars to downstate candidates.

Public financing for Cuomo is a complicated puzzle. On one side is the labor backed Working Families Party, an organization that hasn’t rule out giving its line to another, more liberal candidate for governor if he doesn’t achieve public financing. On the other side are the Senate Republicans, who oppose public financing, but have indicated they are open to a compromise.

“I think it’s fair to say we’re at a historical moment with the pressure brought by the governor, Senator Klein, the Assembly and groups has created this moment in time where something good could happen,” Horner added.