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Fundraiser to issue refunds over SUNY Geneseo team hotel stay

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The organizer of a fundraising campaign to help New York state college swimmers stay in North Carolina for a national competition says he will issue refunds. (WHAM photo)

GENESEO, N.Y. (AP/WHAM) -- The organizer of a fundraising campaign to help New York state college swimmers stay in North Carolina for a national competition says he will issue refunds.

The GoFundMe campaign raised about $7,000 to allow 10 athletes from State University of New York at Geneseo stay near the competition despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ban on non-essential state-sponsored travel to North Carolina.

But Cuomo's office says the team would have to stay outside of North Carolina regardless of who paid for the hotel.

Fundraiser organizer Clint Sugnet said in a statement to 13WHAM News that donors will be able to request refunds.

“Otherwise the funds will be donated to the team as to improve their experience to the extent the governor allows- such as improving meal options," Sugnet said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned state-funded travel to North Carolina after lawmakers there voided a local ordinance enabling transgender people to use restrooms based on their gender identity.

AP-WF-03-12-19 0433GMT

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