From the Morning Memo:

Assemblyman Sean Ryan, a Buffalo Democrat, said he’s gratified top state Senate brass is hosting a fundraiser for him next week as he considers a run for the 60th state Senate district – a key upstate swing seat that will be open as incumbent Republican Sen. Chris Jacobs turns his sights to Congress.

The assemblyman says support from lawmakers like Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris are key, but he’s also interested in seeing what kind of money he can bring in on his own.

“People have reached out right away saying we want to help,” Ryan said. “We want to make some donations and that’s part of the exploratory committee. I’m keeping my fingers crossed I’ll have a successful event next week and once I get to that point we’ll make the next step.”

The next step probably will not be any kind of official announcement. While he has made clear he is “very interested” in the seat, the Democrat has also vowed to take a methodical approach in his decision.

With the 2020 general election still roughly a year and a half away, he can take his time. Ryan said he plans to spend the summer talking to political, governmental and business leaders around the district.

“I think I’ll be a strong candidate but we have to see if the rest of the district agrees with me,” he said.

Buffalo State Sen. Tim Kennedy is also co-hosting next Tuesday’s fundraiser, which is taking place in Albany just as the session is reaching its end.