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Mon March 3, 2014

Seneca Nation buys land near Rochester for possible casino

The Seneca Nation of Indians has purchased 32 acres of land in Henrietta, NY for a possible casino in the Rochester area.

Seneca Gaming president and CEO Cathy Walker says the corporation bought the land near I-390 from Uniland Development Company of Amherst for $2.7 million.

The Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel is one of three gaming operations the tribe currently runs in Western New York.
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The Seneca Gaming Corporation says the Senecas' compact with the state likely would have to be amended to allow a fourth Seneca casino complex in Western New York.

The tribe already operates gaming facilities in Niagara Falls, Salamanca, and downtown Buffalo. It has the rights to gambling in the region, west of Route 14 in Ontario County.

The Seneca share slot machine revenue with its host municipalities and with the state. The tribe came to a new agreement with the New York State in June 2013 after a long stalemate over revenue payments.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration is moving forward with plans to allow up to seven non-Indian casinos to open across the state.