Report: Cuomo’s Deal with Seneca Tribe Hurts NY Casino Plans

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a deal with the Seneca Nation of Indians on June 13, resolving a four-year dispute over revenue sharing agreements from Indian casinos, according to a report in the Blood-Horse. The deal essentially means that three areas of upstate New York are now out of consideration for commercial casinos.

The agreement reached between the two parties will “restore revenue sharing agreements with Indian casinos in return for creating or ensuring exclusivity zones” where no new casinos can be located as competition for existing tribal casinos. This new agreement will ban large areas of western, northern, and central parts of New York from participating in any gambling expansion efforts, according to the article.

This latest development now means that Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp.’s hopes of opening a Class III casino at its Batavia harness track racino are now over, since it falls within the Seneca gambling exclusivity zone. Finger Lakes racetrack would also be banned from trying to expand its VLT parlors to Las Vegas-style casinos with table games and real slot machines.

Read more in the Blood-Horse

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  • Andy

    Considering all the treaties the U.S government made and broke with the Seneca Indians, this seems fair. In fact, the courts have ruled the tribe has legitimate claims to thousands of acres of land in upstate NY. The gov’t gave the casino licenses to settle the land claims.

    • Hoops and Horses

      Exactly. This situation actually pre-dates Cuomo being elected Governor.

  • Jomama

    Just like the rest of the world, we took this land from them and it isn’t any different than what Ivan the terrible did or Genghis Khan or any of the other power mongerers of this world did long before we decided that what happened wasn’t fair. Well, life isn’t fair, so “get over it” and quit trying to right all the wrongs that no one else in this world seems to be worried about.

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