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New York governor threatens to terminate Seneca gaming deal

New York Gov. David Paterson (D) is threatening to terminate the Class III gaming compact with the Seneca Nation.

Paterson claims the tribe violated the compact when it withheld revenue-sharing payments from the state. His administration wants to meet with tribal leaders within 14 days to discuss the dispute.

"Accordingly, in absence of a prompt resolution to this matter, the state is entitled to terminate the nation-state gaming compact," Paterson’s chief counsel Peter Kiernan told the tribe in a letter, The Niagara Gazette reported.

The compact requires the tribe to share 25 percent of slot revenues with the state. The tribe has withheld $214 million because it said the state has allowed the expansion of non-Indian gaming.

Get the Story:
State demands gambling payments (The Buffalo News 10/7)
State to Senecas: Pay up $214M (The Albany Times-Union 10/7)
Paterson threatening to terminate Seneca casino compact (The Niagara Gazette 10/6)
NY Threatens To End Senecas’ Casino Compact (AP 10/6)
Senecas, Paterson clash over payments (Business First of Buffalo 10/6)

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