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Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders pose on March 30, 2012, following last year's early budget deal. Photo: Governor Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/page2/">Flickr</a>
Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders pose on March 30, 2012, following last year's early budget deal. Photo: Governor Cuomo's office via Flickr

Good spirits as state leaders wrangle over budget

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Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders are working to finish the state budget 10 days before the deadline, to avoid a collision with the Easter and Passover holidays, which begin March 25.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

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Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders held what's become their daily private meeting.

They emerged in good spirits, but with no settlement.

"We have a deal, we agree we're going to continue to talk," said Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

They need to agree on items like raising the minimum wage and restoring funding to New York City schools and programs for the disabled. But the governor says there's still time.

"We have a week-ish," Cuomo said.

Budget conference committees, which include dozens of members of the Assembly and Senate, have begun meeting, but have reached no conclusions.

 

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