Senecas closer to making Pataki sign compact

August 13, 2002 12:58 PM
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FROM GT STAFF / WIRE REPORTS

The Syracuse Times Union reported that the Seneca Nation of Indians may have come up with a strategy that would allow New York Gov. George Pataki to sign a gambling compact.

Pataki indicated last week that a deal isn’t quite there, but stated that he is optimistic about granting authorization in the tribe’s effort to build casinos in Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

"We have not seen any of the documents, but we expect to get those shortly," Pataki said.

Seneca tribal leaders have agreed to hire a construction company to renovate the Niagara Falls Convention Center so that a temporary casino can begin operating there by the end of the year.

Slots help Wheeling

Wheeling (W. Va.) Downs Racetrack and Gaming Center reported a 27 percent increase in second quarter earnings, according to an Associated Press report.

We haven’t seen any of the documents, but we expect

to get those shortly.

George Pataki

Governor, State of New York

The net income was $12 million for the period ending June 30. Overall revenues rose 30 percent to $25.6 million, while slot machine profits rose nearly 35 percent to $21.8 million.

Earlier this year Wheeling Island Gaming announced a $63 million expansion that includes a 150-room hotel and an additional 30,000 square feet in its gambling area.

Emerald bids coming

The Chicago Sun Times reported that bids for the embattled license of the Emerald Casino could be rolling in by September.

The Illinois Gaming Board will make the decision on who wins based on the amount of cash offered and other factors such as location and economic benefit to surrounding towns.

The one hitch could come from Rosemont, which is trying to get a federal bankruptcy court to require the license to be located in the Chicago suburb near O’Hare Airport.

Happy at Harrah’s

The San Diego Union reported last week that a crowd of nearly 4,000 showed up at the Rincon Indian Reservation for the opening of Harrah’s Casino & Resort.

The $125 million hotel-casino is the first in California to carry the logo of a Nevada gambling giant.

Feeling not mutual

A study at Creighton University showed that Omaha would benefit from a casino, but at the expense of the state of Nebraska.

The Lincoln Journal Star reported that an Omaha casino could add over 1,000 jobs, but would cut 617 jobs across the state.