From the Morning Memo:

If the Legislature does return to Albany for a special session, some newly-elected lawmakers may have a chance to get a jump on their fellow freshmen when it comes to voting.

Those lawmakers elected to fill seats that were vacant before the Nov. 4 elections can be certified as full fledged members of their respective houses prior to the start of the 2015 session in January.

The eight Assembly members – six Democrats and two Republicans – who fit into this category will be certified on Dec. 15, according to Assembly spokesman Mike Whyland, which means they will take the oath of office and can be seated that every day.

If a special session is called before Dec. 15, then a resolution could be passed to make those members eligible to vote.

This is important because every vote will count when it comes to a pay raise.

Downstate lawmakers likely have more cover than their upstate counterparts, since $79,500 is on the low side when it comes to average professional salaries in NYC and on Long Island.

In the Senate, there were two empty seats prior to the elections – one was vacated by Democrat Eric Adams, who left to become Brooklyn borough president; the other belonged to Long Island Republican Chuck Fuschillo, who resigned to take a private sector job.

Democrat Jesse Hamilton won Adams’ seat. There’s still some question about whether Hamilton will join the IDC when he arrives in Albany.

Republican Michael Venditto won Fuschillo’s seat. That race was pretty much a walk for the GOP after the Democratic candidate, Dave Denenberg, dropped out of the race (though his name remained on the ballot) after he was sued by members of his former law firm for allegedly bilking clients out of $2 million worth of services.

Technically speaking, outgoing lawmakers who did not seek re-election for whatever reason could resign tomorrow and whoever was elected to replace them could be sworn in and eligible to vote in a special session.

But that’s highly unlikely, because those lame duck votes come in handy when it’s time to vote on a pay raise. Lawmakers who aren’t returning to Albany don’t have worry about incurring the wrath of their constituents by voting “yes” on a big salary bump for their soon-to-be-former colleagues.