The votes in the state Assembly’s Democratic conference to create a public financing system for campaigns aren’t there yet, Speaker Carl Heastie said Friday in New York City.

The Democratic-led Assembly has approved measures in the past that would create a small donor matching system using public money while Republicans, who generally opposed the legislation, controlled the state Senate.

This year, Democrats control both the state Assembly and state Senate with large majorities, making public financing more likely.

Still, Heastie said there are concerns with the proliferation of independent expenditure committees and a budget crunch and the measure lacks a necessary majority of the majority to gain a floor vote.

“I think the members want to discuss it, but I’d say right now with the concerns on IEs, problems with the city’s campaign finance system, also with a shortage of money, I think they want to have the discussion, but I’d say right now there are not 76 members who want to move forward within the next few weeks of the budget,” Heastie said.

Lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014 created a public financing pilot program for the state comptroller’s race. Democratic incumbent Tom DiNapoli did not participate, his Republican challenge Bob Antonacci sought matching funds, but did not qualify.

Cuomo this year once again included public financing in his budget proposal, due at the end of the month. Cuomo also wants lower limits on campaign donations and an end to corporate contributions.

The advocacy groups who have pushed for public financing in prior years sought to apply some pressure after Heastie’s comments.

“For weeks, New Yorkers have been clamoring for a change in the way campaigns are funded in town halls, grassroots lobby visits and emails and calls to their elected officials,” said the pro-public financing group Fair Elections For New York.

“Historically, the Assembly Democrats have supported people-powered elections anchored with a small-donor matching system. ‘Fair elections’ is the policy that will really shake up the status quo, and thus the real test of the new Albany. Passing this legislation now, in the budget, is the best chance for New York to once again lead the nation by having a campaign finance system that gives everyday New Yorkers as loud a voice as the wealthiest donors. We hope the Speaker will reconsider and that the Speaker, Governor and Senate Majority Leader will refuse to accept a budget without ‘fair elections.’”

Working Families Party State Director Bill Lipton, meanwhile, praised the passage of HR1 in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives that sought new campaign finance limits.

“Progressive champions in Congress are taking a momentous step by passing campaign finance reform with a small donor match — it’s time for New York to follow their lead,” Lipton said.

“For too long, New York’s weak campaign finance system has allowed wealthy donors and corporate interests to dictate the political process and drown out the voices of working New Yorkers. We stand with the organizers and community residents fighting to pass small donor matching and limit the corrupting influence of big money in our state politics.”