LI fishermen hooked on state's plan to refund license fees

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) announced today that New Yorkers who paid for 2011 saltwater fishing licenses will be eligible for a refund. "Sometimes, when government

FREEPORT - Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) announced today that New Yorkers who paid for 2011 saltwater fishing licenses will be eligible for a refund.

"Sometimes, when government keeps regulating and taxing, you actually retard the economic growth," Cuomo said, speaking at a conference in Freeport.

The Department of Environmental Conservation has already refunded more than $1 million to registered recreational saltwater anglers who got a lifetime license in 2010.

In addition, starting today, about $300,000 will go back to thousands of individuals and charter boat operators who bought annual licenses last year.

Long Island fishermen welcomed the news that they will be able to cast a line for free.

"It's about time we get a little money back," says Bob Costello, of Freeport.

To register for a free fishing license, visit the Department of Environmental Conservation's websiteFor Gov. Cuomo's press conference in Freeport, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra on Ch. 612.

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