The Democratic hopeful running in the primary against Sen. Simcha Felder said the state party’s leadership is “late to the game” in trying to find a candidate to run in the 17th Senate district.

“It’s about time. They should have been focusing on this race back in 2012,” said the candidate, Blake Morris, in a phone interview. “They’re a little late to the game. They left the 17th district out to dry.”

Morris, in the interview, touted his organizing efforts and, in the interview, repeatedly pointed to an Article 78 proceeding to have Senate Republicans divulge annual budgets for district wide mailings for GOP conference members.

“I was active with a community group that we formed,” Morris said. “We’ve been around for 16 months and we were organizing within the district.”

Morris is the lone Democrat running against Felder, a Brooklyn Democrat who conferences with Republicans and gives the GOP its needed 32nd vote in the chamber to maintain its narrow majority.

The state Democratic Committee and Gov. Andrew Cuomo plan to become involved in an effort to primary Felder, who announced in April he would remain with the Republican conference just as Democrats gained a mathematical majority in the chamber. Morris said it would make his job to unseat Felder easier if he had the backing of the state committee.

“We have a lot of volunteers who have already signed up from our website,” he said. “We’ve raised quite a bit of money. We’ve received substantial sums of money from people. People are very angry and they’re crazed. We’ve been basically left to rot in the 17th Senate district.”

He’s yet to hear from state Democrats on the race, he said.