Seneca Nation Casino revenue dispute

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont went fishing on Lake Ontario Tuesday for their first official meeting. After showing off a pair of steelhead trout, Cuomo also took questions from reporters on a wide range of issues.

When Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced the city's budget for the approaching fiscal year, much of the discussion centered on a lower property tax rate and the ambitious set of goals outlined in the $508 million spending plan. After reviewing the proposal, Geoff Kelly of Investigative Post has raised several questions about some projected revenues. At the top of the list:  $11 million in casino revenue from the Seneca Nation of Indians, a funding line that is unlikely to be realized anytime soon.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

There's still no sign that arbitration involving New York State and the Seneca Nation will get underway any time soon. At issue is their disagreement over the terms of their Casino Compact and the payments Albany insists are still owed. Seneca Nation President Todd Gates was asked: would his nation be willing to enter a side agreement with the cities who have come to depend on those dollars?


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While a dispute over halted casino revenue payments continues, lawmakers in the City of Niagara Falls want to have a plan to spend those dollars more smartly, should those casino payments resume in the near future.


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Governor Andrew Cuomo is resorting to binding arbitration in the state's ongoing dispute with the Seneca Nation of Indians over the sharing of casino revenues.

Senecas and Cuomo to meet over casino payments

Jul 8, 2017
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Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's hoping to avoid litigation with the Seneca Nation of Indians over casino payments. He insists the contract between the state and the Senecas requires revenue sharing from casinos to continue.

State and Senecas settle casino dispute

Jun 14, 2013
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The long stalemate between the Seneca Nation of Indians and New York State over casino gambling has been settled.