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Jackpot: State, Senecas Reach Deal

Salamanca To Receive $34.5M In Casino Agreement

June 14, 2013

NIAGARA FALLS — The Seneca Indian Nation will resume sharing its casino revenues with New York state and the state will protect Seneca casinos from future competition, under a deal signed Thursday......

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Jun-14-13 4:33 AM

Paying money to the state to protect against future competition.....sounds a lot like mob tactics. If Snyder doesn't pay on time, does he get his legs broken? Does cuomo show up at the casino with a bat and start smashing slot machines? How much of that 408 mil will get funneled right to NYC?

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Jun-14-13 5:29 AM

Cuomo should have settled this a long time ago. You're right Maddog.

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Jun-14-13 6:58 AM

Well, at least Cuomo confessed that the state did indeed violate its Exclusivity guarantee, which is exactly what the Senaca 1st alleged. Of course the state will still get to continue offering those same VTL games at the Racinos anyway, but they can't be called "slots", nor can the word Casino be used in conjunction with Racino operations. On the "upside", it's good to see that the time honored American tradition of violating agreements/Treaties with the Native tribes still lives on.

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Jun-14-13 7:35 AM

Now maybe they will fix I-86 and Stop holding western southern tier residents hostage in their negotiations. Reed should be made to drive 86 back and forth from Corning to jamestown 5 days a week. Maybe that would shake off a few pounds.

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Jun-14-13 8:09 AM

This is good. We need no new casinos to*****the income from people in an otherwise ailing area.

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Jun-14-13 9:47 AM

I've got no particular problem with Rep. Reed (other than he seems to be falling into lockstep of the Mensa Clan heretofore known as the Michelle Bachman/Rand Paul Caucus) However, I really like "ask Why's" comment... it is wrong and an embarrassment that I86 is still a mess.

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Jun-14-13 11:39 AM

The mob tactic here was for the state to violate the agreement, cause distress to the three communities in question, and then not rectify the violation other than to say we won't do it again. On the other hand I wonder how those three communities ever survived financially before the native owned casinos existed. They all are much older than the casinos and never had the casino money until relatively recently. If I lived in any of those three communities, I would be asking serious questions of the politicians about the tax rates in light of the increased revenues from the casinos.

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Jun-14-13 7:04 PM

I86 is hopeless. They should work with the Jamestown Airport and arrange for a shuttle!

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Jun-14-13 7:05 PM

Shuttle plane, not bus!

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Jun-14-13 9:05 PM

DanFal - Salamanca is entirely on the reservation. Every time the Senecas buy a property it goes off the tax rolls As cigarette sales and casino income went up, the Senecas bought all of the best properties, seriously eroding the tax base. Non-natives (part of my family) are paying the whole freight on government services, something they can't afford. That's why the city and school are in such dire straits. They need the casino money to survive.

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