State asks to meet with Senecas about casino payments

Governor Cuomo Reaches Out To Seneca Nation

Gov. Cuomo's office has reached out to Seneca Nation President Todd Gates to schedule a face-to-face meeting, Seneca Nation spokesman Philip Pantano confirmed to 2 On Your Side Friday.

While nothing is finalized yet, the meeting is a step in the right direction as the two sides have yet to meet since the Seneca Nation made its last payment to the state in March as part of the revenue sharing agreement concerning casino gaming.

The Seneca Nation says its deal with the state ended in 2016, however Cuomo's office believes another document extended the compact further.

“Under the terms of the compact, as well as the 2013 MOU with the Seneca Nation, it’s clear this payment structure remains in place," state spokesperson Rich Azzopardi told 2 On Your Side in March.

However it's not so clear to the Senecas.

"As written in the compact, the Nation provided a share of our revenue to the state through the end of last year," said Todd Gates, President of the Seneca Nation, back in March.

2 On Your Side will have more information as it becomes available.

 

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