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Cuomo threatens new casino in Niagara Falls; Senecas call it ‘foolish’

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From the Buffalo News:

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday doubled down on his threat to locate a new casino in the Niagara Falls area in response to the Seneca Nation halting revenue sharing payments from its casino in the Falls.

“They’re not fulfilling the compact and their right to exclusive gaming is gone,’’ Cuomo said Tuesday afternoon after an economic development event in Rochester.

“I have no doubt that we would get companies from around the world to bid on casino rights in the Buffalo/Niagara area. I have no doubt,’’ Cuomo said. “Look, we could potentially create more jobs with a different operator.’’

“Foolish,” responded the leader of the Senecas.

Gaming Dispute Takes Back Seat to Budget

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From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

The developing crisis between the Seneca Nation and the state in the gaming dispute over revenue sharing payments is taking a back seat these days to the budget negotiations in Albany as lawmakers and the governor try to meet the April 1 budget deadline. Read More…

Statement from Senator Ortt regarding Goat Island Lodge Proposal

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From WBTA 1490:

…Last week, Senator Ortt sent a letter to the governor voicing his opposition and concerns with the plan. Read More…

State considers other parks for lodge, not just Goat Island

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From the Buffalo News:

New York State will consider other sites for a lodge near Niagara Falls, the local chief of Empire State Development said Wednesday, after local officials criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to build a lodge on Goat Island. Read More…

Cuomo Proposal for Lodge on Niagara Falls Island Still Alive

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From US News & World Report:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is still considering a state-owned island near the brink of Niagara Falls as a possible location for a privately operated lodge. Read More…

Public input to be welcomed for Goat Island development

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From WBFO News:

Niagara Falls mayor Paul Dyster has released a statement regarding the visitors lodge that has been proposed for Goat Island. Read More…

Cuomo’s Goat Island ‘World Class Lodge’ Under Fire

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From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

The governor’s Goat Island lodge plan, rolled out during one of his State of the State speeches in Amherst last month, is coming under strong attack from Niagara Falls legislators. Read More…

Cuomo has big plans for Niagara Falls tourism

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From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo (includes video):

Governor Andrew Cuomo is now proposing a second phase of the Buffalo Billion initiative. A key focus is increasing tourism in places like Niagara Falls.

The governor would like to construct a new state-operated tourism visitor center on Grand Island, reclaim 135,000 acres of the Niagara Gorge corridor to be restored for more green space activities, and turn Goat Island into a year-round destination complete with a world-class lodge.

Wingate by Wyndham nets $980K state grant

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From the Niagara Gazette:

The state is continuing its investment in downtown Niagara Falls with a $980,000 grant to a hotelier.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced the incentive package, set to be awarded to Plati Niagara Inc. for its $10.2 million Wingate by Wyndham hotel project in a press release Thursday.

Governor OKs tightrope walk over falls

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From the Buffalo News:

The Flying Wallenda who wants to cheat death with a tightrope walk across Niagara Falls will get his wish, at least with the blessing of New York state.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation today permitting Nik Wallenda’s bid to walk 1,800 feet across the falls on a two-inch wide steel cable.

Officials on the Canadian side of the falls have yet to signal their final word on the matter.

In an interview this afternoon shortly after his team was told Cuomo signed the bill, Wallenda said, “For me, it’s as big as it gets. There’s tears in my eyes because it’s a dream come true.”

Wallenda said if all goes well he is looking at walking across the falls next June. He said he will wait until after upcoming elections in Canada to formally apply with Ontario parks officials. A backup plan, if Canada rejects the plan, is a walk just on the U.S. side of the falls.

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