Cuomo: Native American Casinos Could Face Competition
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York's Native American casinos - including the one in Hogansburg, east of Massena - could face competition in their backyards if tribes and the state fail to reach agreements in the coming months.
The administration's talks with the Senecas, Mohawks and Oneidas come as Cuomo tries to bring three casinos in yet-to-be identified locations upstate.
Three of the six upstate regions Cuomo is looking at already have Indian casinos.
The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe operates a casino in Hogansburg, about 15 miles east of Massena.
Cuomo said Thursday he's working with the tribes to resolve existing issues, like revenue sharing with the state.
Cuomo says they won't try to site a casino near casinos run by tribes in good standing with the state.
In the case of the Mohawks, they have an agreement to make payments through the state to St. Lawrence and Franklin counties, and the towns of Massena, Brasher, Fort Covington and Bombay. But they haven't made payments since 2010, totalling some $59 million, because the Mohawks claim the state has allowed another casino to operate near Plattsburgh.
A public referendum to change New York's constitution to allow non-Indian casinos could be on the ballot as early as November.
- reported by the Associated Press & 7 News
Friday, April 18, 2014, Watertown, NY
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