News from the Associated Press - March 17, 2014

Associated Press
March 17, 2014

NY Senate backs video gambling for fliers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state Senate is proposing that New York authorize video lottery terminals at international airport departure terminals to catch gamblers on their way out of the country.

The airports serving Buffalo, Albany and Syracuse, among others, appear to be out of luck.

The Senate budget resolution says it's for international departure terminals located within a city of one million or more.

That would appear to apply as proposed only to Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in New York City.


6 percent of NY school budgets seek cap override

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Six percent of New York school districts are planning to ask voters to approve budgets that exceed the state-imposed property tax cap.

The New York State Association of School Business Officials says about 32 districts will seek to raise taxes beyond the state-established limit, meaning the budgets will need a supermajority of at least 60 percent to pass.

Last year, 28 school districts tried to override the tax cap and 10 of them succeeded.

Budget votes for the 2014-15 school year take place May 20.

This is the third year of district budgeting to be guided by the 2011 tax cap. It generally limits increases in the tax levy to 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less, but is customized for each district based on certain exemptions.


Trump says he's not running for New York governor

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump says he is not running for governor of New York.
Trump said on Twitter Friday that he will not run for governor but has "much bigger plans in mind."

Michael Cohen, Trump's special counsel, confirmed that Trump will not run.
Trump has been flirting with challenging Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo for some months.

But he has said he would run only if he faced no rival for the Republican nomination.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced this month that he will seek the Republican nomination for governor.

Trump said on Twitter that the New York Republican Party leadership is "dysfunctional."

New York Republican State Committee spokesman David Laska says party officials are sorry that Trump "won't be bringing his talents to the gubernatorial race."


NY gun-rights protesters burn registration forms

(Information in the following story is from: The Saratogian,

WILTON, N.Y. (AP) - Protesters at a gun-rights rally in New York have burned assault weapons registration forms to protest the state's 2013 gun law.

The Saratogian reports that dozens of gun owners attending Sunday's rally at the Saratoga Springs Elks Lodge burned New York State Police assault weapons registration forms in a barbecue grill.

They were protesting the SAFE Act, New York's gun restrictions enacted last year.

The deadline to register assault weapons under the law is April 15.

Lisa Donovan, an organizer of the rally, said organizers were telling gun owners that "once they register, that gun is no longer theirs."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed the SAFE Act through the state Legislature in response to the Newtown, Conn., massacre that took the lives of 20 first graders and six educators.

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