Senecas planning for new Falls casino

Jul 1, 2002 3:24 AM

The Seneca Indians may not have the artillery, but there is more than enough desire to land a casino in downtown Niagara Falls by the end of this year.

The Buffalo News reported last week that leaders of the Seneca Nation believe they can get a temporary casino despite the lack of a signed agreement with the State of New York.

The Senecas are moving ahead with plans even though Gov. George Pataki has yet to sign the casino compact that the tribe’s voters approved on May 14.

All the Niagara Falls facilities, including several parking ramps and parking lots, would be built on more than 50 acres near the existing city Convention and Civic Center on Fourth Street.

However, Seneca Nation treasurer Arnold Cooper, is not as optimistic.

"Labor is a big issue," Cooper said. "I would be surprised if we get a casino open in Niagara Falls this year."

Off the Mark

Officials of the Adam’s Mark say they are not promoting their downtown Buffalo hotel as a potential gaming site for the Senecas.

Fred Kummer, president and CEO of Adam’s Mark Hotels & and Resorts said the intention is to continue as the premier meeting and convention hotel in Western New York."

The Senecas like the Buffalo hotel, but not to purchase.