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ALBANY -   With budget votes pending and a deadline looming, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo offered to give a personal briefing to Assembly Republicans, who rarely see eye-to-eye with the Democrat, several legislators said Tuesday. It was turned down.

  Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua) told rank-and-file Republicans about the offer in a meeting to review bills on education, ethics and other items, lawmakers said.

  aHe (Kolb) told us about the offer, but it was declined,a said Assemb. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-St. James). aI would’ve liked to hear from him. It’s always a great opportunity when you can get the governor to address the conference. It would've been great.a

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  Several other Republicans confirmed that Kolb said he spoke with Cuomo but declined to comment because, in part, they were opposed.

  A Kolb spokesman said he couldnat confirm or deny the exchange. Cuomo’s office didn't immediately return a call to comment.

  Lawmakers are expected to finalize the budget late Tuesday. They aim to beat a midnight deadline for approving the spending plan before the start of New Yorkas fiscal year. Education and ethics have been two of the hot-button issues of this yearas budget fight.