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POCKET VETO KILLS CABLE-TV REFUND BILL

Gov. Cuomo, employing a rare gubernatorial tactic, Wednesday vetoed a bill designed to give subscribers refunds if they get hoodwinked by their cable television company.

The bill would have allowed consumers to get their cable installation charge refunded if they could show they bought cable to watch a particular station only to see that station discontinued.

Under the State Constitution, the bill automatically died if Cuomo did not sign it into law or veto it within 30 days of the date it was sent to him by the Legislature. That period expired at midnight Tuesday, with him failing to act. He had never employed such a "pocket veto."

Cuomo said the bill may infringe on the First Amendment rights of cable television operators against "stifling government intrusion."

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