The Seneca Indian Nation in upstate New York is playing hardball and it is placing a hardship on the city of Salamanca in upstate New York.
While the dispute is ongoing, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has come up with the suggestion that the city be given $2.5 million of state money to make up for the payments being withheld by the Senecas. The payment has been included in Cuomo’s budget.
The Senecas, who operate casinos in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, say they no longer have to make the payments since the tribal compact has been violated by permitting slot machines at racetracks and, specifically, the video game “Moxie Mania.”
The dispute is in arbitration.
Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.
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