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Dyster Leaves Interview About Casino Settlement

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- We're learning more about how much money three host cities will get from New York State now that the state's dispute over casino revenue with the Seneca Nation of Indians has been settled.

Buffalo will get about $5 million annually.

Niagara Falls is getting $89 million from the state's settlement with the Senecas.  The City's Mayor, Paul Dyster, was a guest on WBEN Radio Friday morning to talk about the deal.

John Kane was also invited to take part in the conversation.
He's a Mohawk who lives on the Seneca's Cattaraugus reservation and is host of the radio program "LET'S TALK NATIVE".

Kane says he believes the state owes the Senecas an apology for building the racinos that started this dispute. He was also critical of Mayor Dyster, saying he should apologize for raising the possibility that the city wouldn't provide police or fire protection at the Seneca Niagara Casino.

Dyster got upset and left the studio.  Later, he told us he was not making a threat, but simply discussing one of several drastic options if the money problems in the Falls got so bad that they had to lay off firefighters.
He also reiterated today... that if the situation ever reached that point... nothing would have happened without first notifying the gaming commission in advance.

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