From the Morning Memo:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his first public comments since June 14, told reporters at the Capitol on Monday night, said he was still pushing for the education tax credit, even in the face of Democratic opposition in the Assembly.

“I support both. I support the charter schools, aid to parochial schools,” Cuomo said in the impromptu gaggle. “As well as aid to public schools and I support extending the rent reforms. So I support both, but now we need to get both houses there.”

Cuomo’s appearance outside of his office was something of a surprise, catching the handful of reporters who were nearby off guard.

The governor had stayed behind the scenes for the last week as he negotiated with legislative leaders potential deals on a range of end-of-session issues including extending rent control for New York City, the tax credit, and an abatement for developers known as 421a.

But the talks have been a slog: Rent control expired last week and was temporarily renewed until midnight tonight, along with the 421a abatement. Democrats in the Assembly, meanwhile, have dug in against a governor who is a member of their own party on the tax credit issue, while Senate Republicans have seemingly not budged on the rent control issue.

In the meantime, most of Albany was wondering where the governor had gone.

The negotiations did appear to enter a new phase on Monday as both Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan were seen meeting together with Cuomo on the second floor of the Capitol.

Previously, both men had ping-ponged into and out of separate meetings with Cuomo.

Lawmakers return to the Capitol today, though height Flanagan or Heastie on Monday expected to bring to their majority conferences potential framework agreements.

Even as Cuomo pushes hard for the tax credit — staunchly opposed by the state’s teachers unions — he continues to face opposition from the state Assembly, where supporters of the measure say the bill could pass if a floor vote is allowed.

Cuomo sought to link the passage of the tax credit to stronger rent control laws for New York City, a move that Heastie has rejected.

Still, Cuomo said it is “non-realistic” for the Assembly to have focused so strongly on getting its way with rent control.

“That’s one house saying I want what I want and I don’t care what you want,” Cuomo said. “That seldom works in life let alone on legislation.”