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Albany to push for budget wrap-up this week

The state Legislature will rev up this week as it tries to adopt a budget well before the April 1 deadline.

Look for the Senate and Assembly to each pass its own budget plan on Monday, followed by an accelerated schedule of joint “conference committees” to publicly discuss the differences. The committee process likely will close Thursday – making it possible for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the legislative to announce a conceptual budget agreement either Thursday, Friday or, at the latest, Sunday.

That will give lawmakers enough time to print the bills, honor the required three-day waiting period before voting on legislation and wrap-up things by March 21 or 22 (before the Passover-Easter holidays start).

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