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.
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…
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.