Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his address at the New York City Bar Association on Monday had made clear he wasn’t interesting in a renewed argument over the Campaign Fiscal Equity and the complex debate surrounding funding for poor school districts.

At the same time, Cuomo signaled he was willing to back more funding for those school districts, a potential olive branch to education advocates who called on him to provide more aid over the years.

“The truth is the poorest schools do not receive any more funding than the richer schools from their local districts,” Cuomo said. “And that my friends is a critical injustice because the poorer schools have a great need that needs to be funded.”

But the incoming Democrats in the state Senate who defeated incumbent former members of the Independent Democratic Conference in a joint statement on Tuesday didn’t see it as an effort to make peace.

“Governor Cuomo can create any fiction he likes about CFE, but the fact is that the Campaign for Fiscal Equity is alive and well! Our schools are owed $4 billion statewide and three-quarters of these funds are owed to our high need school districts- it’s the law,” said Sen.-elect Robert Jackson, one of the original plaintiffs of the lawsuit.

“Governor Spitzer and the legislature enacted the Foundation Aid formula. As recently as last year, the Court of Appeals affirmed that the case has validity and merit. It’s been passed by the State Assembly, supported by Senate Democrats and this month recommended by NYS Board of Regents. It’s time the Cuomo administration stop the confusing rhetoric and spending resources to block the law, and start working with us by finally delivering justice and equity to our most vulnerable children and provide every child of every income in every zip code the opportunity to succeed.”

Jackson, along with incoming lawmakers Alessandra Biaggi, Julia Salazar, Jessica Ramos, John Liu and Rachel May also issued statements pushing the issue.

Biaggi emphasized the issues she holds in common with Cuomo, but also reiterated call for the equitable funding needs.

“Funding the foundation aid formula is the remedy our schools need,” she said. “Our job is to figure out what it will take to make sure every school in New York is an excellent school and every child in every zip code is offered an excellent education, and then deliver nothing short of that.”

Morris Peters, a spokesman for the Division of Budget, pointed to the boost in spending over the last six years backed by Cuomo.

“Under Governor Cuomo, education aid has increased 36 percent since 2012, with a $1 billion increase this year – 72 percent of which went to schools with the highest need – bringing funding to a record total of $26.7 billion,” he said.