From the Morning Memo:

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, whose name has been bandied about as a potential Democratic presidential contender in 2020, yesterday employed the president-elect as a fundraising tool in an email appeal to supporters.

“I don’t need to tell you that we have a lot of work ahead of us when President-elect Trump takes office next year,” New York’s junior senator wrote.

“Republicans are already lining up their plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, slash Medicare, gut Social Security and undo our progress on climate change. I’ll fight back every day I’m in the Senate – but I need you on my side for my reelection campaign in 2018.”

“With President-elect Trump taking office in just 31 days, there is just too much at stake for Democrats to give up a single seat in 2018.”

Gillibrand, a prodigious fundraiser who has also spent a considerable amount of time raising cash for fellow Democrats – particularly female candidates, said she’s trying to raise $15,000 by the final FEC deadline on Dec. 31 to “kick start” her 2018 re-election campaign.

That’s also the year when New Yorkers will again head to the polls to elect a governor. Gillibrand has occasionally been mentioned as a possible contender for that post, but has said – quite definitively – that she’s not interested, though she would be the state’s first woman governor if she were to run and win.

Gillibrand’s fellow Democrat, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has also seen his White House aspirations reignited by Trump’s election (and the failure of another New York Democrat, Hillary Clinton). Cuomo has said he will be seeking a third four-year term in 2018.

Proclaiming their intentions to stand up to Trump is very in vogue for New York Democratic elected officials these days.

Everyone’s doing it – from Cuomo, to Gillibrand to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to AG Eric Schneiderman, who, along with his fellow liberal AGs across the U.S., has promised to sue and sue and sue to block any Trump policies deemed onerous or unconstitutional.

Perhaps the one person whose intentions really matter, however, is U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, New York’s senior senator and the incoming minority leader of the Senate.

Schumer has pledged to work with Trump on key issues – like infrastructure – when possible, and oppose him in other areas (like repealing the Affordable Care Act without having a replacement in place).

Schumer reportedly has opened up a back channel of communication with the incoming president, and has spoken at length with him about legislation and cabinet appointments.