From the Morning Memo:

The push to restore integrity in government will be a national issue after the Nov. 8 general election, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday at an endorsement rally for Democratic Sen. George Latimer.

And the “essence” of ethics reform as least as New York is concerned is either limiting or banning the outside income lawmakers can earn in the private sector, he said.

“All this cynicism, all this distrust, all these questions about the justice system and this and that is going to linger,” he said. “Every relationship comes down to trust. There are questions about the integrity of government.”

In his remarks, Cuomo linked the need for reform to the overall lack of confidence in government voters have expressed — that there’s somehow a set of rules for people in power, a sentiment that has fueled in part the populist rhetoric of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

“One more big piece we have to do and that is ethics reform in Albany,” Cuomo said. “This is not just going to be about New York state. I believe this is going to be the challenge for this nation after this election because the day after Election Day, all this bad feeling, all this suspicion, isn’t going away.”

Cuomo in the last legislative session sought to cap outside income, a move that had a cool reception for both the Republican-led Senate and Democratic-controlled Assembly.

While Senate Republicans were opposed to the outside income limits, the proposal backed by the Assembly was deemed to have too high of a threshold by the governor.

Still, Cuomo blamed the Senate GOP for the impasse on the issue, saying the conference that holds a narrow majority in the chamber doesn’t want to pass new ethics laws. Cuomo, with Republicans in power in the Senate, has approved various ethics reform packages to disclose outside income and create new anti-corruption crimes.

The push for regulating outside income came after the convictions of both the former Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, and ex-Senate majority leader, Dean Skelos, in separate corruption cases. The Legislature is considered a “part time” job allowing lawmakers to earn money from entities such as law firms that have business before the state.

Cuomo’s office, too, has been touched by scandal in recent months after his former top aide, Joe Percoco, was arrested and charged in a bribery and bid-rigging case.

Cuomo in last several weeks has sought to boost the Democratic conference’s push for a takeover of the chamber, backing lawmakers in key legislative races.

Latimer, a Westchester County lawmaker first elected in 2012, faces Republican Julie Killian.