January 11, 2013 – Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered some new details Thursday about his proposal to build three private casinos in upstate New York, and he suggested that the state wouldn’t infringe on existing gambling compacts in “good standing.” If so, that could take the state’s two largest upstate cities and their suburbs — indeed, almost all of western New York — out of the running for a casino. The Seneca Nation of Indians in 2001 was granted exclusive rights to operate slot machines from Wayne County to the Pennsylvania border, including the cities of Rochester and Buffalo. The Senecas operate three casinos in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Salamanca. The “good standing” mention — said several times by Cuomo — signaled that to uphold the gambling compact, the Seneca Nation would need to end its standoff with the state. The tribe has withheld more than $350 million from the state.
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