From the Morning Memo:

Imagine our surprise yesterday when separate press releases indicated that Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, who haven’t made a public appearance together since the legislative session ended in June, would be visiting a prominent Hudson Valley tourist spot at exactly the same time this afternoon.

First Sen. Sue Serino announced that she and local leaders would be leading Flanagan on a 3 p.m. tour of the Walkway Over the Hudson – a former rail bridge-turned-park that spans the Hudson River, connecting the city of Poughkeepsie and the hamlet of Highland (in the town of Lloyd).

“For the past couple of years, our area has been passed over as the state sent billions of dollars to New York City and Western New York,” Serino said in a press release. “Our area has the potential to be a significant economic engine for the state, but we need partners at every level to make that vision a reality.”

“Senator Flanagan has made a real effort to travel our state and understand the issues affecting individuals and families across the board,” the freshman Republican lawmaker continued. “And it’s especially important that he gets an accurate picture of all that we have to offer, as well as our unique challenges. His visit signifies his willingness to make our area a priority, and I look forward to welcoming him.”

Joining Serino’s release was an announcement from the Assembly press office that Heastie would be continuing his summer-into-fall upstate blitz with several stops in the Hudson Valley – including a 3 p.m. tour of the Walkway Over the Hudson with Assemblyman Frank Skartados.

Heastie pledged at the end of the session to spend the coming months visiting the districts of each and every member of his sizable Democratic conference outside New York City. He has worked hard to achieve that goal, traveling outside his own Bronx district regularly, with jam-packed schedules at every stop.

Flanagan, a Long Island Republican, who, like Heastie, rose abruptly to his position of power following the ouster of his predecessor due to a corruption scandal, also pledged to make forays upstate this summer. He has done some traveling, but hasn’t matched the hectic pace adopted by the speaker.

There is no special event planned at the walkway today, and, according to Heastie spokesman Michael Whyland, the fact that the two legislative leaders are scheduled to be there at exactly the same time is merely a “coincidence.”

At this point, there are no plans for Flanagan and Heastie to meet or make an impromptu joint appearance. Capital Tonight is sending a crew down to Poughkeepsie to cover this unusual confluence of events, and we’ll keep you posted if anything comes of it – like, say, a surprise minimum wage deal. (Don’t hold your breath).

For the record: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City today with no public schedule, according to his press office.