From the Morning Memo:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a fundraiser on Tuesday said a Republican-controlled Senate stood in the way of key liberal victories in the budget, including criminal justice reforms and gun control.

“We wanted the Child Victims Act passed, they’re against, bail reform, they’re against,” Cuomo said. “All the progress we want to make they are 100 percent against it. We just finished the budget negotiation with them. They have no appetite for the things we hold dear.”

Cuomo is making a full-throated push for two Democrats running in vacant Senate districts in an April 24 special election. The races are key to a unity plan that would bring together the mainline Democratic conference and the eight-member Independent Democratic Conference in the chamber and potentially give the party control of the Senate.

At the fundraiser for Democratic candidate Shelley Mayer on Tuesday, the theme was 32 — a majority in the Senate — and donors were urged to give a symbolic $32.

“Shelley is not just Shelley. Shelley is magic number 32,” Cuomo said. “You know why 32 is a magic number? Thirty-two is a magic number because that means Democrats have a majority in the Senate.”

The race is already an expensive one, with outside money from independent expenditure committees being poured into the Westchester County race, much of it supporting Republican Julie Killian.

The latest push is coming from New Yorkers For A Balanced Albany, a group backed by supporters of charter schools, is spending $263,976 on digital, radio and TV ads in the suburban district.

Cuomo has worked well with Republicans in the Senate for the last seven years, though that relationship has frayed as liberals have pushed him to help his own party take full control of the chamber, the last vestige of statewide Republican control in Albany.

His critics on the left have accused him of preferring the arrangement in the Senate that has led to provisions like the Dream Act or early voting to be blocked. Cuomo this year faces a primary challenge from education advocate and actress Cynthia Nixon, who has made Republican control of the Senate an issue in her early stump speeches.

But Cuomo insisted he wants a Democratic majority — even one with a narrow majority — to control the chamber.

“We will not make this state the progressive state we want with Republicans in the Senate,” he said.

This year Cuomo is making a dual push for Democrats running in competitive House races as well as the state Senate. In addition to backing Mayer and Luis Sepulveda in the Bronx, Cuomo is working to help Democrats running in down-ballot races, including Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, running against incumbent Rep. Claudia Tenney.

Cuomo blasted Republicans in Washington for standing in the way of what he said were progressive values.

“We have achieved political clarity,” he said. “Watching the Republicans in Washington and the Republicans in Albany, we’ve achieved political clarity. Everything we are for, they’re against.”

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan in a radio interview on Tuesday morning said he expects to retain the post after the special election and that Sen. Simcha Felder, a Democrat who conferences with Republicans, will stay in the GOP fold.

“Regardless of the outcome we’ll still have 32 seats with Sen. Felder caucusing with us,” Flanagan said.