CATTARAUGUS TERRITORY, IRVING, NY (WIVB) – The Seneca Nation is abandoning its multi-year legal battle with New York State and has agreed to start talks about a new gaming contract.
A Seneca Nation spokesperson said dropping the lawsuit against the state would strengthen the future operations of the three casinos in western New York State.
The deal means the Seneca Nation “will realize more than $ 40 million in disputed fees and cost savings over the remaining life of the current pact.” The pact in place was signed in 2002 and will expire in December 2023.
The Nation said in a press release that it will now resume quarterly revenue sharing payments from casinos as New York State reverts to Buffalo. Niagara Falls and Salamanca. So far, payments have been blocked for the duration of the dispute.
“Rather than pursue legal action, we believe that we can now better address our concerns in an agreement with greater clarity on our obligations and, equally important, New York State’s obligations to the United States. nation in return, ”said Matthew Pagels, president of the Seneca Nation. noted. “In addition, we want the momentum generated by our investments and operations to continue to grow, and we look forward to strengthening our strong relationships with our neighbors in Niagara Falls, Salamanca and Buffalo. Now is the time to move forward. ”
Governor Kathy Hochul told News 4 she was happy with the deal and was eager to discuss a new pact.
“I am pleased to have reached an agreement to resume payments on terms that serve both the state and the nation and benefit the communities of western New York, and look forward to getting started.” discussions for a new pact, ”Governor Hochul said.
News 4 has contacted the Office of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and the Office of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino for comment and is awaiting a response.
Watch the Seneca Nation video announcement below:
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