Senate Education Committee Chairman Carl Marcellino told reporters following an afternoon conference there was “movement” being made on the education tax credit legislation.

“It’s my understanding that their people and our people are still talking and negotiating and I think it still looks real positive,” Marcellino said. “Our people told us they see movement.”

The measure remains staunchly opposed by the teachers unions and some Assembly Democrats, many of whom continue to be miffed by an aggressive campaign being waged on behalf of supporters of the tax credit, which is meant to spur donations to public schools and scholarship programs that support private and parochial schools.

Cuomo has been trying to leverage the passage of stronger rent control laws (which expire at midnight) to the tax credit. While Assembly Democrats have knocked such linkage, Senate Republicans didn’t completely rule it.

“We have a series of issues that have been introduced as standalone measures and that’s how they’ll remain for the time being,” said Sen. Cathy Young, a western New York Republican.

Cuomo, meanwhile, rolled out a $100 million fund for struggling schools (it’s ostensibly for “upstate” schools, a term that’s elastic enough to include the Yonkers school district).

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, meanwhile, did not believe the proposed fund was meant to spur movement on the tax credit.

“He says it’s not linked,” Heastie said of Cuomo.

As for the tax credit, Heastie said “nothing’s changed.”

“The conference — as I’ve said for months — it’s a difficult issue for the conference,” he said.