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Cuomo getting serious about upstate casinos

by TSchmitt
Thu, Jun 6th 2013 07:42 am

Governor Andrew Cuomo is raising the stakes in the battle with the Seneca Nation over casino revenue.  

The governor is proposing a measure that would allow one Las Vegas style casino resort and two slot machine facilities in Western New York.  

The new gambling facilities would only be allowed to proceed if it's determined that the state's compact with the Senecas is not in good standing.  

The Senecas are withholding $600 million in gambling revenue from the state and their host cities in a dispute over their exclusive territory.

Cuomo wants a five-member panel to judge proposed casino projects.  He's also suggesting three upstate facilities pay licensing fees of 50-million-dollars.


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