Combining New York’s two primary dates in one election would have multiple benefits, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a radio interview on Friday morning, including making the state a bigger player on the national stage and saving taxpayer money.

NY1 reported Thursday Cuomo had reached out to legislative leaders in the Assembly and state Senate about potentially moving the primaries to February. The presidential primary is currently scheduled for April, with primaries for state and federal elections in June.

Cuomo backed off the idea of a February primary, questioning whether it would be “a viable date politically.” New York would be punished by the Democratic National Committee for moving its presidential primary, likely losing delegates as a result.

“It is a politically, there is great opposition to reducing the number of delegates of the state,” he said on WAMC. “For a microreason they don’t want to have fewer slots for delegates. The other states won’t be happy if you go earlier.”

But Cuomo indicated he would be open to an earlier date for both, and combining them as well.

“First, I think we have to at least coordinate the presidential primary and the congressional and the state races,” he said. “I don’t see how as a matter of good government how you defend the two taxpayers we’re going to have two separate elections.”

New York often plays little to no role in presidential politics, beyond its wealthiest residents being used as a source of campaign contributions for candidates in either party. The state has voted Democratic in each election since 1988 and its primary is often held so late in the calendar it has little effect on the broader primary.

An early primary date would be potentially beneficial to former Vice President Joe Biden, whose candidacy the governor has been supportive for much of the year. And combining the presidential primary, which would draw a broader cross-section of voters, with down-ballot offices, would aid incumbents in the Legislature and House of Representatives, many of whom are facing intraparty challenges from the left next year.

Cuomo indicated in the interview this morning the combined primary would boost turnout.

“Who votes in that second election, right?” Cuomo said. “You just go through a presidential primary and now I’m supposed to come out and vote two months later for the my Congress people and my Assembly and Senate?”

Any change in the primary schedule would have to be done by the state Legislature, which is not due to return to the Capitol until January.

New York for several election cycles had as many as three primaries in a single year due to a federal law governing access to military and overseas ballot and a failure by lawmakers in the Democratic-led Assembly and the state Senate under GOP control to unify a state primary date. As a result, the presidential primary would be held in April, a federal primary in June and a state and local primary in September.

Earlier this year, with the state Senate flipped to Democratic control, lawmakers approved a bill setting the last Tuesday in June as the state primary date to match the federal calendar.

But now Cuomo believes that even two primaries is too many.

“You have to least coordinate the schedules in my opinion or it’s all a mockery,” he said.