SENECAS FUMING OVER NY CIGARETTE TAXES

November 10, 2001 10:28 PM
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The Seneca Indians are fuming.

Tribal leaders are using casino expansion as a tool to express their outrage at the New York State legislature's try to sneak cigarette tax through as part of the deal.

"It might not be until next year," Seneca President Cyrus M. Schindler said regarding the plan for additional casinos for Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

Gambling proponents had hoped to get an Indian casino operating in Western New York by the spring of 2002, but before that can happen it must pass a Seneca Nation referendum and win approval from the U.S. Dept. of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The Senecas were also upset about the new gambling law that featured unionization of casino workers and liability for lawsuits.