Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 37 percent approval rating in a poll earlier this month can in part be attributed to the spate of corruption scandals to plague the Capital, former Gov. David Paterson on Monday said.

Paterson, the state Democratic Committee chairman, told reporters after the spring meeting in Albany of the party that he does expect Cuomo’s poll numbers to rebound.

“Unfortunately when you’ve had a number of scandals, if you’re in the vicinity, there can be an effect,” Paterson said. “I think as time goes on, people will see the difference in Governor Cuomo’s service and they will rise again.”

The legislative session this year has been unprecedented in the high-profile corruption arrests. Both legislative leaders in the Assembly and Senate were forced to step down from their leadership posts following corruption arrests.

Cuomo’s handling of the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, as well as the decision to shut down the commission last year, is part of an ongoing inquiry by the U.S. attorney’s office.

But Paterson said the public for the moment is lumping the legal troubles of Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos in with Cuomo’s own handling of his job.

“In Albany, everybody gets lumped in together,” he said. “We’re talking about a small percentage and let’s just remember to keep those individuals who have been accused the right to defend themselves.”

Meanwhile, Paterson told reporters the Skelos arrest shouldn’t be a political issue as Senate Democrats look to run a competitive race against the Nassau County lawmaker, potentially with rising star Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky as a candidate.

“I don’t see it as an advantage,” he said. “I think the issues in an election should be the issues of wages, affordable housing, issues of economic development in the state. Those are the issues New Yorkers get up and care about everyday.”

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul had a different take on the low approval rating.

Hochul pointed to Cuomo instituting a hydrofracking ban as well as the SAFE Act as a sign that the governor isn’t afraid to take controversial stands on key issues.

“Those were tough, tough issues,” said Hochul after addressing the Democratic committee. “Those say to me he’s the type of leader that we’re fortunate to have. He does not go by sticking his finger up in the wind.”