From the Morning Memo:

Assembly Democrats returned to the Capitol on Sunday night for a closed-door conference that seemed to touch on nearly every unresolved issue in the final days of the legislative session.

A broad agreement on expiring issues such as rent control for New York City and the surrounding area, as well as the 421a tax abatement, is yet to be reached.

The finish line for the end of the legislative session is Wednesday, though Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pledged to keep lawmakers in Albany beyond that scheduled end should an agreement on rent control not be reached.

With a few hours now before rent control lapses, lawmakers continued to posture on the issue.

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan on Sunday night released a lengthy statement outlining the GOP conference’s stance on rent control and called for income and residency verification — two components unlikely to fly with Democratic lawmakers the governor.

And rank-and-file lawmakers were less-than-bullish on reaching a packaged deal like what was included in the budget, when they were forced to swallow a bitter pill on education reform in order to receive a boost in school aid.

“If you put mayoral control in there, if you put the lifting of the cap on charter schools, if you put the tax cap, if you put in 421a, if you put that in a Big Ugly mess, you’re not going to get anywhere,” said Assemblyman Charles Barron.

The Brooklyn lawmakers criticized Cuomo for linking the education tax credit, aimed at spurring donations to public and private schools, to a strengthening of rent control.

“The governor has a lot of nerve trying to attach the tax credit and a whole bunch of everythings to it,” he said.

Still, Albany has a way of working things out.

Assemblyman John McDonald, a Democrat who represents parts of Albany and the surrounding area, was forthcoming in a Sunday night statement on where he sees the rest of the session headed.

For now, McDonald said he expects there to be a two-week extension on rent control while a strengthening of the measures is worked out.

Those improvements could be tied to an upstate housing fund, he said.

“My guess is a two year straight extender which will not endear my downstate colleagues who want betterments to the bill,” McDonald said. “At the same time, if there are betterments, we in upstate are vying for $150 million in upstate housing support for the variety of programs that are in place already and others to help those of low income and middle income as well as the elderly and disabled.”

On the extension of 421a, McDonald predicted a deal “based on thresholds of projects that are subject to prevailing wage” that will be aimed at “allowing for low cost projects to continue with out PW.”

As for the education tax credit, McDonald sees the real linkage with potential changes to the implementation of the teacher evaluation system. McDonald backs moving those deadlines for evaluation adoption back.

“The ETC does enjoy more support in the Democratic Assembly than many believe but this also needs to be reviewed to ensure that the large donors do not consume the benefits,” he said.

As for mixed-martial arts legalization, McDonald predicted a “fight to the finish.”