From the morning memo:

As Albany revels in the ongoing Moreland Commission controversy that has engulfed his administration, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ventured out to various friendly venues around the state.

His first appearance after a scathing New York Times detailing his office’s involvement in directing subpoenas from the commission was made at SUNY Buffalo for a START-UP NY event.

Following that, he appeared on Long Island for a Sandy recovery announcement.

And on Tuesday, he was in Canandaigua, Ontario County, for yet another economic-development announcement.

As stays far from Albany, Cuomo has collected some public praise along the way.

But at yesterday’s event in western New York, it was from Republican members of the Legislature: Sen. Michael Nozzolio and Assembly Minority Leader Brian.

Yes, there’s there pre-requisite “we-don’t-agree-on-everything” boilerplate, but also praise for Cuomo’s handling of the economy.

“As a matter of fact, there are a lot of things we haven’t agreed on in the past,” Nozzolio said. “One thing is undeniable. I’ve served with five governors and Gov. Cuomo has been more focused, more cooperative on job development projects. And he, despite our differences in terms of philosophy , has sought out my opinion, has worked with us, has said how can we partner on projects.”

Nozzolio lauded Cuomo for being “focused on jobs and economic development” while also working with Republicans in Albany.

“So governor, as a personal aside, Thank you for your focus and your attention on things that really matter to people and that’s jobs,” he said.

For Kolb, who joked about the Adirondack Challenge — Cuomo’s now annual rafting event on the Indian River — it was about striking a bipartisan tone.

“But really, it’s about respect and not about party politics,” Kolb said. “For Gov. Cuomo and his administration, it’s his passion and about what he believes in and I respect that.”

Of course, that passion has been channeled in other, less sunny ways as the Moreland saga can attest.

But the events around the state seem to signal an effort on Cuomo’s part to return things to normal as the U.S. attorney’s office continues its investigation into the Moreland matter.

Cuomo kept his answers relatively brief when asked about Moreland.

The public show of support from Republicans — especially in the state Senate — comes as Cuomo backs a plan to flip the chamber to full Democratic control.

He brokered a deal in June that ended the leadership coalition with the Independent Democratic Conference and Senate GOP.

When gaining the endorsement of the labor-backed Working Families Party, he pledged to enact the public financing of political campaigns statewide, the DREAM Act for undocumented immigrants, allow local governments to raise the state’s minimum wage and accelerate the timetable for increasing the wage itself.

Senate Republicans, for now, have warned that a Democratic-dominated chamber wouldn’t be controlled by Cuomo, but liberal New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Few in the Senate GOP have come to the side of Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, who has been trying to capitalize on the Moreland mess, but has struggled to raise both money and name identification.

The state Republican Committee, however, isn’t part of the Cuomo triangulating.

The party released a statement this morning pointing to a measure carried by Senate Democrats that would ban the use of campaign funds for paying legal bills (Cuomo is dipping into his campaign account to pay for an attorney to represent the governor’s office).

“If these Democrats truly believe in their own legislation to ban politicians like Andrew Cuomo from using their campaign funds to pay for legal defense, then why aren’t they speaking up now and calling on the Governor to stop doing so? Instead, they have put politics over principle, and are covering up for the Governor,” said Republican Chairman Ed Cox. “People need and deserve to have representation they can trust at all times, not just when it’s convenient. In the midst of the Governor’s Moreland scandal and questions swirling around about who ordered what and when, these so-called leaders should stand up and be counted. If they don’t, it speaks volumes about their character.”