News from the Associated Press - April 2, 2014

Associated Press
April 2, 2014

Trump, Astorino take on Cuomo over NY gun control

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Thousands of gun rights supporters have rallied at the state Capitol against gun control measures championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Celebrity businessman Donald Trump and Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino both addressed Tuesday's event at Empire State Plaza. The rally was in support of repealing a 2013 law that prohibited the sale of some popular guns like the AR-15.

Trump, who said last month that he would not challenge Cuomo, says the law demonstrates the erosion of Second Amendment rights. Astorino, the Westchester County executive, says that if elected he'd work to rescind the law.

Cuomo and gun control advocates pushed the legislation following the 2012 Newtown, Conn., school massacre. When asked about Tuesday's rally the Democratic governor said gun control stirs strong feelings on both sides.


Wegman foundation gives $17M to U. of Rochester

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The charitable foundation created by western New York supermarket founder Robert Wegman is giving $17 million to the University of Rochester.

The university says Tuesday that it will receive $10 million for the Institute for Data Science and $7 million toward construction of the new Golisano Children's Hospital.

The gifts from the Rochester-based supermarket chain bring to $20 million the amount of recent contributions by the Wegman Family Charitable Foundation.

The University of Rochester has made the emerging field of data science the focus of its five-year strategic plan and plans to construct a $25 million, 50,000-square-foot facility. Data science involves making sense and use of vast quantities of information and data.

The new $145 million hospital already is under construction and is expected to open next year.


In tax season, NY officials warn of phone scams

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — It's tax season, and New York officials are warning about tax collection scams.

State tax and consumer protection officials say scammers are calling people claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service or the state Tax Department and demanding immediate payments. Tax officials say New Yorkers should be careful about providing personal information or making payments in response to telephone calls.

The agencies also are warning of an email "phishing" scam in which taxpayers receive emails with the IRS logo claiming to be from the "Taxpayer Advocate Service." The email asks taxpayers to resolve an issue with their 2013 filing by clicking a link in the email. The webpage then asks for personal information.


NY investing $4M in fish hatcheries

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is heralding the start of trout and salmon season by announcing new investments in recreational fishing.

Cuomo says the state will set aside $4 million to repair fish hatcheries and purchase 16 trucks specially designed to transport stocked fish.

The state's Department of Environmental Conservation runs 12 hatcheries in the state and expects to stock lakes, ponds and streams with more than 2.3 million trout this year.

The state is also reducing the cost of seven-day fishing licenses and expanding the number of free fishing days.

Trout and salmon fishing season began Tuesday.

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