From the Morning Memo:

After a state budget that curtailed the proliferation of single-use plastic bags in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn’t expect to tackle environmental issues of that scale as the legislative session concludes.

Cuomo in an interview this week with WAMC said he did not “see anything specific for the rest of the session” on the issue.

“We’re proud of our record on the environment including major wins in the budget, the launch of the Green New Deal, and real actions to significantly expand our portfolio of renewables toward a clean energy economy,” said Jordan Levine, a spokesman for Cuomo. “We have and will continue to engage with the legislature on meaningful environmental policy proposals to build upon this nation-leading progress.”

Environmental groups, including entities that are pushing efforts to switch the state to renewable energy sources, are hopeful Cuomo will reconsider.

“Gov. Cuomo has been a national leader in driving New York to adopt clean energy initiatives and address climate change, which is why we were surprised and disappointed this week to hear him say he doesn’t see anything specific for the rest of the legislative session when it comes to outstanding environmental issues,” said Sean Garren, the northeast senior director of the group Vote Solar.

“After removing most of the governor’s Green New Deal from the budget, the Legislature is expected to soon move forward with a package of climate and clean energy measures.”

Cuomo wants to transition the state to carbon-neutral sources of energy by 2040 — primarily relying on wind, hydro and solar power.

Lawmakers return on Monday after a two-week break. The legislative session itself is due to run through June.

“We hope the governor and lawmakers can work together on an environmental package that will include codifying into law the governor’s goal of 6 gigawatts of new solar power over the next five years, enough to power 1 million homes across the state,” Garren said.

“Ending the session in June without a robust environmental package is not an option at a time when the Trump administration refuses to acknowledge the dangers we all face from climate change. It’s time for our state leaders to take the kind of bold clean energy action that our communities want and our climate crisis demands.”