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Senecas, state reach Western NY gambling deal

June 14, 2013

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced an agreement Thursday between New York state and the Seneca Nation of Indians that resolves a multi-year dispute between the state and the nation....

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Jun-16-13 8:28 AM

the state gets paid, the tribe has Western New York to them selves for casino gambling, so much for the states bluff to build and run casino gambling... maybe this is the 2000's version of $24 bucks and trinkets

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Jun-15-13 12:40 PM

Of course the state still got what it wanted as the Racino VLT games, which were at the crux of the Exclusivity violation issue, will continue being offered; the state simply can't refer to them as "slots" or use the term "casino" in conjunction with Racino operations going forward. So why did the Senecas agree to allow the continued use of the VTL games? My hunch is that the big issue for the Senecas was the seven year renewal option in April 2016; apparently the state has now made an unofficial agreement to allow Seneca gaming through 2023, it's just that "Exclusivity" guarntee isn't quite as exclusive as it originally was back in 2002. Considering the attitude of the state during the past four years I can't see where the Senecas feel they trust Albany to follow through on the seven year extension, but apparently that's the call they made.

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Jun-15-13 6:24 AM

Heaven forbid the "Indians" whine about anything,the state made an agreement with the Seneca's and violated it...IMO the Indians found away to make $$$ and the state doesn't like it.Just like tobacco&gas(actually the gas isn't much cheaper)We took their land pure&simple,theyfound a way to make $$$ so I say leave them alone...Honor the Treaty....

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Jun-14-13 10:49 PM

I wonder if The Senecas are still limited to only three casinos in Western New York. If not, I know of a great location on Lake Erie in a desperate city that will welcome a casino with open arms.

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Jun-14-13 8:53 PM

I rarely support anything the Indians whine about, especially land claims. But I have to say it was pretty clear that NYS had violated the agreement. Wasn't it nice of the Governor to remove 25,000 acres from the tax rolls for Onondaga county. Turning Stone was originally built on a reservation that totaled around 33 acres. You think Onondaga County sees this as a fair deal? More Cuomo BS.

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Jun-14-13 9:44 AM

Well, at least Cuomo confessed that the state did indeed violate the Exclusivity clause of the Compact;, that the Senecas were in the right all along.

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Jun-14-13 9:09 AM

Agree with joew - NYS and a couple of communites get money that ALREADY was owed to them in exchange for preventing private industry from competing with the Senecas.

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Jun-14-13 8:17 AM

Oh well,WNY gets scalped I guess?

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