From the Morning Memo:

The minority leaders of the Assembly and Senate are nothing if not persistent in their perennial drive to get into the closed-door “three-men-in-a-room” meetings in Albany.

It’s long been a gripe for legislative minority conference leaders in either chamber to not have access to the meetings where the governor, Senate majority leader and Assembly speaker tend to make all of the important top-line decisions for the budget and key legislative action.

But after U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara derided the Albany tradition of concentrated power, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb said that’s a signal state government should change in a small, but perceptible way.

“Preet Bharara made specific mention after the arrest of Shelly Silver, said when did three men in a room became good government?” Kolb said in an interview. “The three men in a room has to end and has to end now and that’s up to Gov. Cuomo to do that. That’s up to Gov. Cuomo to set the stage for that reform.”

State lawmakers return to the Capitol on Wednesday after a year in which both Silver, the former speaker, and ex-Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos were removed from office following corruption convictions led by Bharara’s office.

“Obviously with both legislative leaders from both parties out of office I think clearly the system has to change,” Kolb said.

Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has in previous years asserted she deserves to be included in the meeting, especially when the leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, Sen. Jeff Klein, was included in the meeting during his power-sharing role with Senate Republicans (three men became four men, for a time).

Kolb won’t try to crash the meeting, usually held in the governor’s office on the second floor.

“I’m an internal optimist and I’m hoping the governor will read what Preet Bharara said and then he’ll do this on his own,” Kolb said. “Quite frankly, I think the two majority leaders, the Senate majority leader and the Assembly Democrat leader, should call for this as well.”