From the Morning Memo:

For three months out of the year, the governor of New York can hold outsize influence over the budget process by virtue of how the state constitution lays out the process for a strong executive.

And Gov. Andrew Cuomo can wield that leverage like no other governor in recent history.

In theory, the post-budget portion of the session gives some of that power back to the Legislature. But in practice, it hasn’t really worked out that way.

Cuomo has once again found a way this year of regaining control over the end-of-session chaos by stoking a little chaos along the way.

He has sought to capitalize on division between lawmakers and the desire of legislative leaders to work together, as well as their eagerness to show they have support for legislation like a package of bills that would strengthen and expand rent control in the state.

Cuomo in particular since Memorial Day wrapped up has singled out the Senate Democrats over the rent debate, and pointed out the new majority conference doesn’t have the votes on issues like marijuana legalization and driver’s license access for undocumented immigrants.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins at a scrum with reporters this week was asked why the governor seems to be picking on her conference so much.

“Frankly, this is such a critical time,” she said. “I can’t even focus on that. I’m here, my conference is here. We’re here together to really do the peoples’ business. I can’t personalize anything, we really don’t have time for it. It’s not about me.”

Of course, the relationship between Cuomo and Democrats in the Senate has a long history of contretemps, with another chapter added just this year when Amazon’s planned expansion for Long Island City fell through amid opposition that included prominent Democratic lawmakers in the chamber.

But some Democrats privately point out Cuomo’s intent this week in knocking the Senate Democrats was to show he’s not to be blamed for any of the progressive measures failing at the end of the month.

He won’t be blame for marijuana legalization’s failure, or the implosion of the Green Light bill — the Senate Democrats could not muster the votes to get it over the finish line.

Speaking with reporters in the Bronx on Thursday, Cuomo noted the Senate was “always the more moderate” chamber due to the composition of the Assembly, with the bulk of its members representing New York City.

And, adding a little fuel to the division within the conference, Cuomo did not disagree when asked if a moderate faction of Democrats in the Senate was akin to the forming a new Independent Democratic Conference.

“It’s not new, it’s actually old, OK?” he said. “History repeats itself and it’s our fault as a society to not remember history.”