From the Morning Memo:

Performer Billy Joel praised his friend Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a fundraiser at his Long Island home Thursday evening, calling the incumbent Democrat someone “he can trust” to ensure a brighter future for his children.

“I’m worried about the future, not just for me, but for my daughters,” Joel said according to a recording obtained by Capital Tonight. “That’s why I’m glad to have a friend like Andrew. I know him; I know what he’s made of.”

Cuomo and Joel have had a long-time friendship, with the governor officiating at the singer’s wedding and Joel making Cuomo the godfather of his daughters. Joel has been a frequent headliner at Cuomo fundraisers as well.

“He’s solid, he has the right values, he gets things done,” Joel said. “It’s not about politics for us, it’s about our daughters’ future, it’s about your children’s future. It’s about trust.”

Joel said he cares about New York, noting that his decades in show business took him around the state.

“This is not how I usually go on stage, and I’m not used to being the opening act, either,” he joked. “I know New York state, I know it very well. I’ve worked it all my life.”

Cuomo’s fundraiser on Thursday evening came hours after the guilty verdicts were announced in the trial of former SUNY Polytechnic President Alain Kaloyeros and prominent upstate developers. The trial stemmed from fraud and bid-rigging allegations connected to the Buffalo Billion, a signature economic development program started by Cuomo as a way of reviving the western New York economy.

The fundraiser was protested by the Nassau County Democratic Socialists of America, who flew a sky banner over the event.

“We didn’t start the fire, but Cuomo keeps it burning,” said said Matt Garczynski, a member of the Nassau County Democratic Socialists of America, one of the organizers of the protest. “Between $7500-a-plate fundraisers and his decision to keep Trump’s money, Cuomo has shown us who his true constituents are: the mega-rich of New York.”

Cuomo is seeking a third term this year; he faces actress and education advocate Cynthia Nixon in a primary on Sept. 13.