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Senecas unhappy with possible gaming additions

by TSchmitt
Wed, Sep 7th 2011 09:30 am

Members of the Seneca Nation tribe are up in arms over the possibility that New York lawmakers might allow other casinos to be built in Western New York.

During a State Senate hearing Tuesday in Canadaigua, Seneca Nation leaders said allowing new casinos in Western New York would put thousands of jobs at the tribe's three current gambling facilities at risk. They also say it would break a 2002 deal the Senecas made with New York for exclusive gaming rights for much of the region.

State officials, including Governor Cuomo, are thinking about expanding the number of casinos in New York to try and ward off competition from other states and Canada.

But Seneca president Robert Odawi Porter said that's unfair to his group, which took on the upfront costs with the original casino.

The Senecas have been holding back revenue-sharing payments to Albany for over two years now for what the tribe says are already violations of the 2002 deal between the state and the tribe that permits the three current casinos.

 

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