Compacts | New York
New York governor seeks arbitration for Seneca Nation compact

Outgoing New York Gov. David Paterson (D) says talks with the Seneca Nation have hit an impasse.

Under its Class III gaming compact, the tribe agreed to share 25 percent of slot machine revenues with the state. But the tribe is withholding $214 million because it says the state has violated the exclusivity provisions of the compact by allowing an expansion of non-Indian gaming.

The two sides have been talking under a timetable dictated by the compact. Paterson, however, said he will take the matter to arbitration because he claims the tribe isn't willing to agree to a resolution.

It's not clear whether arbitration will begin before incoming Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) takes office next month.

Get the Story:
State-Senecas talks on casino payments break down (The Buffalo News 12/16)
Casino Talks Break Down (The Jamestown Post-Journal 12/16)

Related Stories:
Seneca Nation continues discussions in Class III compact dispute (12/9)
New York governor says clock ticking in Seneca gaming battle (10/19)
Lawmakers back Seneca Nation in feud over gaming revenues (10/18)
Seneca Nation sees more support for sharing gaming revenues (10/15)
New York governor rejects Seneca Nation on gaming revenues (10/13)
Seneca Nation wants gaming revenues sent to communities (10/11)
Seneca Nation holds meetings over disputed compact payment (10/8)
New York governor threatens to terminate Seneca gaming deal (10/7)
City making cuts in response to Seneca Nation compact dispute (9/20)
Seneca Nation holding slot revenues from off-reservation casino (9/13)
Seneca Nation accuses state of violating Class III casino compact (8/31)