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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to meet with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders at the state Capitol as he tries to keep alive a tax to fund his signature pre-kindergarten plan.

De Blasio is attending a noon rally in Albany to whip up support for a tax hike on wealthy city residents to pay for universal pre-kindergarten and expanded after-school programs. The tax is opposed by Cuomo and Republicans in the state Senate.

De Blasio is holding a series of meetings with Cuomo and legislative leaders after the rally.

The lobbying comes less than a month before the April 1 budget deadline for Cuomo and lawmakers. Public pleas for state funding typically become more urgent in March, while the budget is negotiated behind closed doors.

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