From the Morning Memo:

In an op/ed submitted to Capital Tonight’s State of Politics, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan insisted Republicans will hold control of the chamber and even grow its narrow majority in the chamber in part by targeting seats held by members of the defunct Independent Democratic Conference.

Flanagan in the op/ed also criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo for emphasizing liberal-friendly issues such as allowing those on parole to cast votes, writing “I no longer recognize the person who occupies this office.”

The Senate is once again a key flashpoint in this year’s down-ballot elections as Democrats seek to gain a majority eight years after losing control following a tumultuous, two-year term. A unity deal, brokered in part by Cuomo, has led to the dissolution of the IDC, once aligned with Republicans in the chamber.

Democrats last month retained two Senate seats in the Bronx and Westchester County, giving them a mathematical majority of 32 members in the 63-seat Senate. But Republicans are keeping power with the help of Brooklyn Sen. Simcha Felder, a registered Democrat who declared he will remain with the GOP.

Felder is now under pressure to switch sides and the state Democratic Committee is expected to get involved in a primary challenge against him.

Amid these challenges and crosscurrents, Flanagan knocked Cuomo, saying his policies are being informed by the challenge he faces in a Democratic primary from Cynthia Nixon, an education advocates and actress.

“Facing a spirited challenge himself from actress Cynthia Nixon, he moves further to the left on a daily basis to appease those on the fringe of his Party,” Flanagan wrote. “Instead of governing responsibly, he now uses his office to advance the core ideals of the far left.

For years, the Governor worked with me in a bipartisan manner to find common ground and move our state forward. But, I no longer recognize the person who occupies this office.”

Cuomo and Senate Republicans have had a public falling out that is years in the making. Republican lawmakers lined up to endorse one of their own to challenge him, Sen. John DeFrancisco, a pugnacious critic of the governor. DeFrancisco suspended his campaign last month.

Meanwhile, Republicans have increasingly chaffed at budgets that proposed tax hikes or minimum wage increases, issues that are anathema to their base already restive over the SAFE Act, a 2013 gun control package that Cuomo counts as a signature accomplishment.

Cuomo has pledged this year to help Democrats win control of the Senate, either through cajoling Felder to switch conferences or through the ballot box.

At the same time, Cuomo has claimed nothing of consequence will get done in the Senate by the end of the session. Republicans insist that’s not the case, but it’s unclear if either side is willing to compromise in the current political climate.