By MICHAEL GORMLEY
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are meeting behind closed doors to iron out details of the state's proposed $143 billion budget, trying to finish it before it's due.
Negotiations between Cuomo and the leadership will take place Friday in Manhattan. Rank & file lawmakers are working out smaller funding allotments back in Albany.
A deal on the budget will need to be sealed by the weekend and voted on by March 21 because of a three-week vacation for the Legislature that includes Easter and Passover that begins March 25.
The budget is due by the April 1 start of the fiscal year.
If the deadline is met, it will be the third, consecutive on-time budget New York state has had since the 1980s when political fighting made most budgets late.
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