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The City of Niagara Falls is set to receive a lump sum of $89 million after the settlement of a long-standing dispute between New York State and the Seneca Nation over gambling revenues.

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While the City of Niagara Falls received much of the attention when the casino revenue sharing deal was announced last week, the City of Buffalo will also benefit.

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Federal authorities say the final disputed elements of a law controlling cigarette distribution have been resolved in a lawsuit brought by Seneca Indian Nation businesses.

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A local member of the Native American community is warning of a possible demonstration against the governor's proposed casino in Western New York.


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After months of talking, Governor Cuomo has finally released his proposal for expanding casino gambling, with hundreds of pages of legal sections.

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With the Seneca Nation refusing to send checks for the state's share of casino cash to Albany, Niagara Falls continues to be squeezed fiscally because it's not getting its share.  The city is now squeezing every dollar to put off a crisis.

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Over the past week, the State of New York has reached casino rights agreements with two Native American tribes: the Oneidas in Central New York and the Mohawks in the North Country. That leaves the Seneca Nation in Western New York as the last remaining tribe whose dispute with the state is still unresolved.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday outlined the details of his plan to site three gambling casinos in upstate New York.

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A statewide referendum on whether to allow non-Indian casino gaming in New York may not be on the ballot this November. Governor Andrew Cuomo says this is not an ideal year for a public vote due to a lack of statewide political races that will bring voters to the polls.

The Seneca Nation of Indians is looking to Rochester for growing its gaming operation. The idea was raised during negotiations to resolve the revenue sharing dispute between the Senecas and the state.

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As the financial losses continue to mount for the City of Niagara Falls, Mayor Paul Dyster is welcoming Governor Cuomo's plans for more casinos.

Governor Andrew Cuomo doesn't want any more casinos in Western New York and is apparently trying to make peace with the Seneca Nation of Indians.

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The permanent Buffalo Creek Casino continues taking shape near the Inner Harbor in downtown Buffalo. A few dozen invited guests and Seneca leaders were on hand Tuesday to witness crews hoisting the structure's final steel beam into place. 

DiNapoli: Niagara Falls, Salamanca fiscally distressed

Dec 10, 2012
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The state's top fiscal watchdog appeared in Niagara Falls on Monday to outline an already dismal budget picture.

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Just weeks before the November 6 election, outgoing Seneca Nation of Indians President Robert Odawi Porter and other Nation officials are raising concerns about a charitable organization run by presidential candidate Barry Snyder.

Snyder founded the Amherst-based Seneca Diabetes Foundation. Porter says only 11-percent of the $2.6 million raised since 2005 has benefited the health of the Seneca people.

Feds raid Seneca Nation retailer

Sep 27, 2012
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A widespread federal investigation into untaxed tobacco sales prompted a Wednesday raid on an Irving retail outlet on Seneca Nation of Indians territory.

Agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched the tobacco and gas retail outlet Wolf's Run, which is owned by Will Parry.

According to The Buffalo News, Parry is one of many individuals under investigation in several states for alleged sales of untaxed tobacco.

One witness told The Associated Press that Parry had been taken into custody, though no arrests have been confirmed.

Buffalo councilman seeks to halt Seneca casino

Sep 24, 2012
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A Buffalo lawmaker has submitted a resolution that calls to halt construction of the Seneca Nation of Indians' multi-million dollar downtown casino and sever the city's agreement with the tribe. 

Delaware District council member Michael LoCurto's resolution will be discussed at Tuesday's community development committee meeting.  LoCurto says the Senecas have broken several promises to the city.

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The nearly three-year-long dispute between Albany and the Seneca Nation of Indians, which has cost some area cities millions of dollars, should be resolved in the coming months.

The Senecas have withheld nearly $460 million in casino revenue sharing payments to the state and the Cities of Niagara Falls, Salamanca and Buffalo since 2009 because the Senecas claim the state violated its exclusivity agreement by allowing slot machines at local horse racing tracks. 

After talks went nowhere, both sides agreed to a three-member arbitration panel to settle the issue.   

A three-person arbitration panel will settle a long-standing dispute between the Seneca Nation of Indian and New York State over casino revenue payments. 

The Senecas have withheld more than $450 million in payments to the state, because it believes New York has violated its 2002 exclusive rights gaming compact by allowing for gaming devices at so-called racinos, like the Hamburg Fairgrounds and Batavia Downs. 

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After months of delay, some much needed road repairs will be made to state highways and bridges on Seneca Nation lands south of Buffalo.

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald and Seneca Nation President Robert Odawi Porter said in a joint written statement Monday they have agreed to a "framework" to allow the start of rehabilitation work on Interstate 86 and other state owned roads on the Seneca's Allegany and Cattaraugus Territories. 

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An antagonistic exchange of words continues to stall repair work to Southern Tier roadways.

Officials from the Seneca Nation of Indians and New York State are blaming each other for the delay in construction along Interstate 86 and Routes 5 and 20. The state claims that the Senecas are being obstructionist, lobbying for additional monies to be paid to them. The Seneca's contend that the state is avoiding construction fees that the Nation believes they are due.

There is no word as to whether or not construction will begin on Monday.

DOT & Seneca Nation disagree over road repairs

Aug 3, 2012
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A dispute between the Department of Transportation and the Seneca Nation of Indians is heating up.

The New York State DOT appeared in Evans Thursday saying it would reallocate $47 million in road construction funding for a section of Interstate 86 in Cattaraugus County and Routes 5 and 20 if the Seneca Nation continues to block work. 

DOT commissioner Joan McDonald said they will not pay the Seneca's $1.7 million in administration fees to conduct road repairs.

Construction on a new, permanent Seneca Nation casino in downtown Buffalo is now underway.

The Senecas had originally planned a large-scale, $333 million casino/hotel complex for the site.  But when the recession hit in 2008, those plans were put on hold. 

Earlier this year, the tribe unveiled planned for a smaller facility that will occupy nearly ten acres, with a price tag of $130 million.  It will include a restaurant, a bar, and a four-level parking garage.

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The Seneca Nation has sent eviction notices to approximately 80 residents who have summer cottages at Snyder Beach.

Seneca President Robert Odawi Porter claims that though many residents have resided at Snyder Beach for decades, the tribe has never given formal approval for non-Senecas to live there.

A legal showdown is expected, but whether this will happen in tribal courts or not has yet to be determined.

 

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The removal of an eyesore along the I-190 downtown is complete.

The steel frame for the original Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino and Hotel complex has been completely removed and work on a smaller casino is expected to get underway soon.

In the meantime, Seneca Gaming Corporation today awarded nearly $1 million in grants for neighborhood improvements near their casino at Michigan Avenue and Perry Street. 

The rusting frame of the long-stalled Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is finally coming down to clear the way for a new, smaller venue. 

The Seneca Nation of Indians unveiled redesigned plans today for their property at Michigan Avenue and Perry Street in downtown Buffalo.  Construction on the larger $333 million casino-hotel complex stalled in 2008 due to the recession. 

Seneca President Robert Odawi Porter says the new facility is about one-fifth the size of the original.

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