Ban on North Carolina trips cramps NY state college swimmers

State News

GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) – A ban on New York state-funded travel to North Carolina is complicating matters for state college swimmers heading south for an NCAA championship.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order in 2016 banning non-essential state-funded travel to North Carolina after lawmakers there voided a Charlotte ordinance that would have enabled transgender people to use restrooms aligned with their gender identity.

Because of the ban, 13 swimmers and divers from the State University of New York colleges at Geneseo, Brockport and Cortland who qualified for this month’s Division III championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, plan to stay more than an hour away in Virginia.

Republican state Sen. Patrick Gallivan said Thursday that he sent a letter urging Cuomo to reconsider the ban. He says student athletes shouldn’t pay a competitive price for Cuomo’s politics.

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