From the Morning Memo:

Sweeping campaign finance law changes could be on the menu for the new year as Democrats take control of the state Senate for the first time in a decade with a large working majority.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a radio interview on Thursday urged the Legislature to take up legislation creating a public financing system for campaigns as well as changes to donor laws, like the closure of the loophole in election law that allows unlimited donations through a web of limited liability companies.

“Pass public finance like you said you would pass,” Cuomo said in an interview on WCNY’s The Capitol Pressroom. “Pass campaign finance.”

Campaign finance reform measures have largely languished in the Republican-led Senate for the last decade. A pilot program for public financing system, impacting the comptroller’s race only was approved for the 2014 election cycle.

Democratic incumbent Tom DiNapoli did not participate; his Republican opponent Bob Antonacci sought, but failed to qualify for matching funds. Antonacci was elected to the Senate last year, filling the seat held by Republican John DeFrancisco.

Cuomo again Friday said he would seek to include legislation not yet approved and include it in the budget plan.

“Well, I am going to send them the bills before. And I hope they pass them as soon as they get them,” Cuomo said.

“The budget is the catch-all. So anything that’s not passed, we will do in the budget. Because the budget is, serves an important purpose. It is a deadline for action. You know? Legislative bodies, Executives, we can talk all day long and debate details.”