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