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New York governor rejects Seneca Nation on gaming revenues

New York Gov. David Paterson (D) said the Seneca Nation made an "unacceptable" offer to share gaming revenues directly with local communities.

Paterson said the tribe's Class III gaming compact requires 25 percent of slot machine revenues to go to the state. "I understand they made a promise to pay the local governments themselves; that's unacceptable to us," Paterson said, The Buffalo News reported. "It's not how government works in the State of New York."

The tribe is withholding an estimated $214 million because it says the state has allowed the expansion of non-Indian gaming. Paterson has threatened to terminate the compact if the tribe doesn't pay up.

Get the Story:
Governor: Seneca offer to pay local casino communities 'unacceptable' (The Buffalo News 10/12)
Salamanca school board supports Seneca Nation payment plan (The Salamanca Press 10/12)
Casino Battle Rages On Over Slot Machine Revenue Fees (WKBW 10/12)
Local Cities Hurt by Seneca-State Dispute (WNED 10/12)
Moody’s downgrades Seneca Gaming (Business First of Buffalo 10/12)

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