From the morning memo:

One silver lining for Rob Astorino in these congressional polls has been the performance of Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, who is reaching double digits.

The hope for Republicans is that Hawkins, perhaps drawing in disaffected Democrats and supporters of Zephyr Teachout’s primary campaign, will eat enough into Cuomo’s lead in the general election.

Hawkins is a proven vote getter: In 2010, he received more than 50,000 votes on the Green Party, thus securing ballot status for the party this time around.

Without having to spend time petitioning for the ballot, the Hawkins campaign has been putting its efforts into field work and fundraising.

As Hawkins has gained strength in the polls, Astorino has shifted from being opposed to the Green Party candidate’s participation in a debate to being open to the idea.

Republicans are pointing to Cuomo’s public swings from emphasizing liberal issues in the lead up to the primary two weeks ago and then a quick dash back to the center on economic concerns as he tries to burnish his support in the business community as unpalatable for liberal voters.

Still, the Cuomo campaign plans to field a robust and vast GOTV effort, with an emphasis on digital advertising, person-to-person voter contact and a push to get women, even Republican women, out to the polls to vote.