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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.

Looming casino revenue loss could hit Niagara Falls hard

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From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

“If we spend it now and it’s not there and this thing lasts for quite some time it can cause a lot of problems,” said Andrew Touma, Niagara Falls City Councilman.

Touma is calling for a 90-day moratorium on casino revenue spending following the Seneca Nation’s announcement to discontinue payments to the state.

“We collect about $16 million a year and of that money around $11 or $12 million per year is used in the general budget. Just to cover expenses in the general budget and then we use other monies for capital projects,” said Touma.

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…

Niagara Falls businesses voice opposition to Seneca gas station near casino

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From the Buffalo News:

Niagara Falls businesses are speaking out against a planned Seneca Gas Station on sovereign territory near the Seneca Niagara Casino.

The Niagara USA Chamber issued a release on Monday saying it cannot support the Seneca Nation’s plan to open a 24–bay gas station on sovereign land within the City of Niagara Falls.

A new casino in Niagara Falls, NY?

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The hot news last week was about Governor Andrew Cuomo suggesting that the way to resolve the dispute the state has with the Seneca Nation (and their casinos) is to open a private casino:

Cuomo: New York ‘is living up to’ casino deal

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From the Buffalo News:

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday that New York State “is living up to” the agreement it signed a decade ago permitting Indian casinos in Western New York.

In town last week for a series of economic development announcements, Cuomo was asked what happens to Niagara Falls if the state loses its arbitration battle with the Seneca Nation of Indians, who feel the state has violated the terms of the deal by allowing “racinos” in the Southtowns.

Seneca Gaming Dispute Goes From Simmer To Boil

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From WGRZ channel 2 in Buffalo (including video):

The recent suggestion by Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster that the city -due to a dispute over gaming revenues– may eventually no longer provide fire protection to the Seneca Niagara Casino, has prompted a fiery response from the President of the Seneca Nation.

Who’s to blame for lack of Falls cash?

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From WIVB channel 4 in Buffalo:

Who’s to blame for holding up millions in much-needed casino revenue in Niagara Falls?

On Tuesday, Mayor Paul Dyster raised eyebrows during a 9/11 ceremony when he dug into the Seneca Nation of Indians over the holdup and suggested that should a fire happen at their casino, their may not be fire protection available for those who won’t pay up. But the Senecas contend it is the state who is holding all the cards.

Niagara Falls Mayor To Senecas: No Casino Payment, No Fire Protection

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From the Jamestown Post-Journal:

The mayor of Niagara Falls says he may withhold fire and emergency services from the casino owned by the Seneca Nation of Indians if the tribe doesn’t pay the millions of dollars owed to the city.

Local media outlets report that during comments made at a Sept. 11 memorial ceremony Tuesday, Mayor Paul Dyster said he’s prepared to direct the city’s fire chief not to respond to emergency calls from the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel.

The city is owed $60 million from the Senecas, who have refused to make gaming revenue payments to the state because of an ongoing dispute.

Investigative Post: Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster

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From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo (includes video):

Investigative Post Editor Jim Heaney interviewed Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster on the impact of the Wallenda walk, the numerous challenges faced by Niagara Falls, and how the standoff between state and Seneca Nation officials is costing the city money that would otherwise be helping to promote economic development.

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