From the Morning Memo:

As the federal corruption trial of former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his adult son, Adam, continues in Manhattan today, two top Democrats will be hosting a fund-raiser for a freshman assemblyman mentioned as a potential contender for Skelos’ Long Island seat.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs are headlining the event for Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky, a former federal prosecutor, at the Smith & Wollensky steakhouse tonight, according to an invitation provided to CapTon.

Thanks to his record of prosecuting public corruption cases, Kaminsky, who was elected in 2014 to fill the seat of retired former Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, is viewed by Democratic leaders as an attractive candidate for the Senate next fall regardless of whether Skelos is found guilty and forced to resign, or weathers the legaI storm and seeks re-election.

Kaminsky, who also happens to be the great-nephew of comedian Mel Brooks, hasn’t said one way or another whether he’s interested in running for the Senate, though he did tell liberal Democratic activist and radio host Bill Samuels this weekend that he would be “a fool not to want to at least think about it.”

“I don’t think it’s ripe for discussion yet,” Kaminsky said yesterday on AM 970’s “Effective Radio with Bill Samuels”, adding: “As long as Senator Skelos is the senator…it’s a long time until next November. If he’s not the senator, then obviously that will certainly prompt some discussion.”

“…But I just have a lot to do on Long Island to fight for people in my district, to fight for the middle class,” the assemblyman continued.

“And so I just really don’t have the time to think about would-bed and could-bed and possibles. Look, the trial is not going to go on forever. It will be ending fairly soon. If it sends in such a manner where there’s an open seat, then obviously we’re in a different situation.”

Samuels is not an uninterested bystander in this instance. He is a longtime fundraiser for reform-minded Democrats, and has railed against the governor for failing to do more to change the culture of corruption in Albany.

This past June, Samuels held a high-dollar fund-raiser for Kaminsky at his Manhattan home.

DiNapoli is himself a former Long Island assemblyman, and has a particular interest in combatting corruption in Albany, since he was elevated by his peers to his current statewide post in February 2006 after his predecessor, Alan Hevesi, was caught up in a scandal of misusing his office to provide services to his ailing wife.

(Hevesi later pleaded guilty for his role in a much bigger pay-to-play corruption scandal involving the pension fund, which resulted in him doing time behind bars. But that wasn’t what initially caused him to resign as comptroller in December 2006).

Jacobs has made no secret of his desire to assist the Senate Democrats in their quest to re-take the majority next fall.

He recently concurred with the theory floated by DSCC Chairman Mike Gianaris, of Queens, that the road back to control of the chamber could very well run through Long Island, and said the Democrats need to counter the GOP-encouraged belief among suburban voters that the Democratic conference is controlled by NYC interests.