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Budget negotiations between the City Council and the mayor are heating up and sources tell NY1 a deal on the $74 billion plan could occur within days. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

"We are in the middle of negotiating right now," City Councilman Vicent Ignizio said.

Negotiating the city's $74 billion budget.

Council members met for hours behind closed on Wednesday and sources tell NY1 a budget deal is expected very shortly.

"I think it's going relatively well, hopefully in the next couple of days we will have some things to tell the public," said City Councilman Jumaane Williams.

"This is a very long day where council members and mayoral staff are both having conversations which bring us closer to a budget," said Ignizio.

"A few odds and ends that are very important to council members and I am sure we will be ironing them out relatively soon," City Councilwoman Debit Rose said.

Big ticket items for the council have not been resolved just yet, sources say, including the council's top priority of adding 1,000 new police officers to the ranks.

The mayor says the city can make do with what it has. The council says the cops are needed to deter spikes in crime.

"The negotiations are ongoing. We have until June 30 to get everything done and we are working very hard, diligently," said City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Sources say the city council speaker met behind closed doors with Police Commissioner William Bratton to discuss the issue on Wednesday.

When the commissioner left city hall he was mum on what was said.

"We just met with the mayor and I won't talk about the discussions that we just had... ongoing, " Bratton said.

Council sources tell us discretionary spending, otherwise known as member items, will be in the budget this year.

That's despite the mayor's call during his campaign to get rid of them.

"I believe that member items will be in the budget, as we have consistently said," said City Councilman David Greenfield.

"So yes member items, local initiatives are important to our communities and we are hoping to see in that budget," said City Councilman Mark Weprin.

The mayor's office would not comment about what was in or out of the budget, but a spokesperson said negotiations are continuing to reach a "fiscally responsible, progressive and honest" agreement.

The council was set to get back to the negotiating table Thursday morning.

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