From the Morning Memo:

When the Democratic state senators who represent Long Island backed the Williams pipeline project with conditions, the move had real political and governmental implications.

Consider how potent environmental issues are for progressive Long Island voters. Consider also how key issues are like utility bills for residents, a major component of the debate over the pipeline.

And, needless to say, Long Island Senate districts are often closely watched battleground districts for control of the chamber as the suburbs are often a bellwether for the rest of the state.

The move was considered craven by Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader John Flanagan.

Once again, Long Island’s Democrat Senate delegation wants to have their cake and eat it too,” Flanagan said in a statement. “First, they pass so-called ‘Green New Deal”’legislation that will make it far more expensive for businesses and consumers to access the energy they need to live and work on Long Island — this after raising energy taxes by more than $100 million in this year’s budget.

Flanagan pointed to the push by the business community to gain Democratic support.

“We’ve known that this project is critical to homeowners, small businesses, and major infrastructure projects that are key to Long Island’s future,” he said. “Senate Democrats were silent during the entire application process, threatening billions of dollars of investment, and their policies are only going to make things worse.”

But Long Island’s business community is pleased the Senate Democrats from Long Island acted in support, emergency basis or not.

Kevin Law of the Long Island Association praised the lawmakers’ backing of the pipeline.

“The NESE project is critical for Long Island’s continued economic prosperity. We applaud the Long Island delegation for recognizing its importance to the region and we urge the DEC to approve this project immediately,” Law said in a statement.

“Long Island businesses and residents are facing an energy crisis and over three hundred billion dollars of economic development is at risk. NESE will ensure continued economic prosperity in the region and emissions reductions.”

And the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, a labor union that has backed both Republicans and Democrats over the years, also praised their support.

“I applaud the Long Island delegation for standing up for what makes sense,” said President Gary LaBarbera.

“The Northeast Supply Enhancement Project will increase our access to a clean and affordable energy source which can spur economic growth in Long Island. NESE will create long-term middle-class job opportunities that will put our state back to work — good family-wage jobs that represent the economic future for many communities across Long Island. These communities will stand to benefit the most as it will create thousands of union construction jobs and much needed revenue put back into our local economies.”

Still, there’s no guarantee the pipeline will be approved, support from suburban Democrats for the project or not.

But the move — and subsequent backing of the business community — is a sign of where power lies in the state Senate at the moment.