From the Morning Memo:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wanted to underline it one more time: Long Island lawmakers will be helping their suburban constituents.

Cuomo on Sunday attended swearing-in ceremonies for three lawmakers who won battleground suburban Senate districts — Sens. Peter Harckham of Westchester County and Anna Kaplan and Jim Gaughran both of Long Island — while underscoring the need for the freshman lawmakers to vote their districts.

“This is all garbage that the Long Island delegation is going to get sucked in by the New York City delegation and they’re not going to fight for Long Island,” Cuomo said at Kaplan’s swearing in, referring to a common Republican talking point.

“These are some tough people. Anna is tough. I mean, nice, but tough. Nice tough. I don’t mean to say tough, tough, you know, but a nice tough. No one is going to roll over Anna Kaplan. She’s going to serve the people of Long Island.”

That agenda includes preserving the state’s cap on property taxes and lowering taxes, Cuomo said, as well as environmental protections, expanding the Long Island Rail Road and economic development for Long Island.

Senate Democrats won their large majority in the Senate with key victories on Long Island and in the northern Hudson Valley suburbs.

Cuomo has warned, both subtly and specifically, not to squander the victories by forcing the legislators in these potential swing seats to take difficult votes that are favored by New York City lawmakers, pointing warily to the ill-fated 2009-10 Democratic majority.

The Democratic conference itself is led by a suburban Democrat, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who represents Yonkers in Westchester County.

Finding friends in the Legislature may also be helpful for the governor as he enters his third term with a Democratic-led state Senate. The breakaway Independent Democratic Conference, which had aligned with Republicans in the chamber, no longer exists, making a bloc of suburban Democrats all the more interesting to watch in the new session.