From the Morning Memo:

Top Democrats in the state Senate next week will hold a fundraiser for Buffalo Assemblyman Sean Ryan amid talk of a possible campaign for the Senate.

Ryan will hold a breakfast reception June 18 at the University Club in Albany, with tickets ranging from $250 to $2,500 for the event.

Set to appear at the event: Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Deputy Majority Leader Mike Gianaris and Sen. Tim Kennedy.

Ryan has emerged as a top Democratic candidate to run for the seat held by Republican Chris Jacobs in the chamber. Jacobs is considering a run for the House district represented by Republican Chris Collins, who is facing insider trading charges.

The event also comes at the tail end of the legislative session and amid criticism lobbed by Democratic lawmakers at Gov. Andrew Cuomo for holding fundraising events during the budget talks. Cuomo has countered by pointing to lawmakers themselves holding fundraising events — often in Albany and not far from the Capitol as major decision are being discussed.