From the Morning Memo:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s national profile has been on the rise in recent months, fueled by a Republican presidential administration in Washington and his own policies being pushed in New York.

“In any number of fronts, whether it’s infrastructure, college affordability, the environment the governor thinks New York will stand in good juxtaposition to were Trump is taking the nation,” said Bruce Gyory, a former gubernatorial advisor to Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson who now works at Manatt, Phelps and Phillips.

Cuomo’s burnished his image with trips to Israel, with more overseas travel planned for this year — plans that are in stark contrast to his first term effort to remain in New York.

“He has not been one of those globetrotting governors,” Gyory said. “On the other hand, his trips have had a substantive mission.”

The situation has drawn parallels with Cuomo’s own father in the 1980s, when Mario Cuomo staked out a position as a liberal bulwark against a conservative administration.

“He saw that his father against a much more popular president in Ronald Reagan did strike a very good chord in the early 1980s,” Gyory said.

And then there’s the free tuition program in the approved state budget, winning praise last week from the 2016 nominee for president, Hillary Clinton.

“I hope it’s the first of many states,” she said. “I think both Andrew and I would be delighted if other states said we don’t want to be the only state providing tuition free college.”

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, too, tweeted his support for the program. Cuomo has appeared several times with Sanders, including an appearance at the Democratic National Convention to win over skeptical liberals in the New York delegation.

Sanders joined Cuomo in January to unveiled the tuition proposal and later tweeted his support when it was approved.

But Cuomo has had to defend the program, which comes with strings attached such as in-state residency requirements after graduating.

“Public college, SUNY, should be free,” Cuomo said. “Now we can’t get there, but this is a first step.”

The free tuition deal was blasted by The New York Times editorial board and the newspaper’s conservative columnist, David Brooks. Cuomo over the weekend hit back.

“If you were to read the Times editorial, my father wouldn’t be governor, I wouldn’t be governor once, let alone re-elected,” he said.

Cuomo, too, has faced skepticism from liberals that he cares about their issues, while conservatives in New York have resented his gun control legislation first approved in 2013.

As for Mario Cuomo, he never did launch a presidential campaign. Andrew Cuomo, meanwhile, has insisted he’s running for re-election next year in a bid for a third term.

“I don’t know that he’s running for president,” Gyory said. “I don’t know if any of us do.”