From the Morning Memo:

It’s no secret the relationship between Working Families Party and the governor was strained by the 2014 elections, with some on the left feeling Cuomo didn’t hold up his end of their endorsement bargain.

With the 2015 session underway, the party is setting itself up to serve as the governor’s liberal conscience, holding his feet to the fire when it comes to a “progressive” agenda.

Writing in a Times Union OpEd this morning, WFP Director Bill Lipton says the governor’s inaugural address gave the left hope that the infamously centrist and pragmatic governor is shifting back in their direction.

The proof will be in the details of the SoS/budget speech Cuomo delivers tomorrow, Lipton said.

The WFP leader laid out a “working families first” agenda for the governor that includes bridging the inequality gap through a $15 mimim wage, rolling back tax cuts for the rich and big corporations to provide equitable funding for K-through college public education, creating “green” jobs and appointing a special prosecutor to handle police abuse cases.

The WFP is also preparing – for the first time – to release a videotaped response to Cuomo’s speech tomorrow afternoon. And it will be holding post-speech panel discussions tomorrow night in Kingston and Rochester to brief members on the “progressive” reaction to the governor’s address.

“We will celebrate the progressive proposals the governor puts forward, address areas of concern and discuss how New York State could go even further toward being a state that works for everyone,” an invite to the evening events reads.

As it was during the endorsement battle, which saw some on in the activist wing of the WFP support Cuomo’s primary opponent, Fordham Law Prof. Zephyr Teachout, while big labor leaders sided with the governor, the party is again showing signs of a split.

That was evident in the wake of Cuomo’s latest minimum wage proposal, which was hailed by his allies in 1199 SIEU and HTC, (which happen to provide funding to the labor-backed party), but deemed not good enough in an official WFP statement.