Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan does not believe the talk of his potential run for governor in 2018 will undermine his efforts to negotiate the state budget.

“People are going to say whatever they want,” Flanagan told reporters staked outside of the executive mansion in Albany following a private briefing on the state budget. “Whatever the discussions are they will take place. All I care about right now is starting to work on the budget.”

Cuomo even jokingly referenced talk of Flanagan’s 2018 bid in the discussion, according to Sen. Jim Tedisco. Cuomo’s aides, too, have referenced Flanagan’s potential statewide campaign when sharply criticizing the Long Island Republican.

But Flanagan also noted he’s not the only one with aspirations.

“Look, (IDC Sen.) Tony Avella in there is running for mayor, the governor has talked about running for president — welcome to Albany,” Flanagan said.

Cuomo has called talking his running for president in 2020 “flattering” but said he’s focused on being governor. He has announced plans to run for a third term.