Cardinal Timothy Dolan will open the first day of the legislative session on Wednesday in Albany for the Republican-controlled Senate, state lawmakers and legislative officials on Tuesday said.

“Cardinal Dolan was invited by Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, and happily accepted,” The New York State Catholic Conference said in a statement. “This is a pastoral visit and the cardinal does not intend to do any formal media interviews or to have substantive policy discussions with elected officials during this visit.”

Dolan last year was a key voice in the push for the education investment tax credit, which is designed to encourage donations that benefit public schools and private school scholarship programs.

The tax credit was yolked by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year to the DREAM Act, which provides tuition assistance to undocumented immigrants. Both measures ultimately fell out of the budget talks.

The tax credit’s main opposition lies in the Democratic-led Assembly, where lawmakers have expressed unease with a proposal that’s strongly opposed by the state’s teachers union.

Cuomo after the budget made a renewed push for the tax credit, though the measure ultimately died at the end of the legislative session in June.