All is go in Buffalo

August 06, 2002 3:38 AM
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The Seneca Nation Tribal Council adopted resolutions last week to move ahead with plans to create corporations that will run casinos in Buffalo and ­­Niagara Falls.

The Associated Press reported last week that the tribe is getting everything in place for the time when New York Gov. George Pataki signs the compact that will set the plans in motion.

Pataki plans to review the Seneca measures and act promptly, spokeswoman Suzanne Morris said last Thursday.

"We want to review it as quickly as possible to make sure the interests of New Yorkers are protected," Morris said. "He will sign it as soon as he’s received it."

In May, the Senecas voted 1,077-976 to approve an 800-page compact with the state that would serve as a blueprint for operation of Las Vegas-style casinos in New York State.

The Senecas would turn over up to 25 percent of slot-machine revenues to the state to share with the host cities.

The master plan for the Niagara Falls casino includes the city’s convention center as a temporary site, while construction is underway.

It is projected that the casinos in western New York could generate between $2 billion and $3 billion in revenues for the Senecas over the life of the proposed 14-year compact.

The state anticipates $300 million in revenue from the casinos.