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February 1, 2014

Trump visits WNY, mum on potential run

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Tonawanda News — “If Gov. Cuomo’s elected, he’s going to take away your guns. I mean the SAFE Act is just the beginning,” Trump said to applause. “The SAFE Act is a disaster.”

Trump was greeted outside the restaurant by a couple of dozen opponents of the law, including Tommy Thompson, of Attica, who wore a Revolutionary War-style tri-cornered hat.

“I’d vote for Goofy if he ran against Cuomo,” Thompson said.

Trump called the governor’s plan to exempt new businesses from taxes “stupid.”

“What about all the people that are up here with businesses that are being killed?” he said.

Under Cuomo’s “tax-free” program for businesses, companies such as startups spun from university research and development could apply to stay in New York or come to the state to locate on or near college campuses.

Trump also said that hydraulic fracturing, which is currently banned in New York, would solve the state’s debt.

“I believe that if I ran and if I won, we would become one of the great energy capitals of this world,” he said.

Outside the restaurant, Brian Krawczyk, a SAFE act opponent, said he opposed Cuomo but had reservations about seeing Trump run for governor.

“It could,” he said, “turn into a bit of a circus.”

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