Tribe halted payment of USD 110M a year

New York seeks arbitration to solve dispute with Seneca tribe

According to state Governor Andrew Mark Cuomo, Seneca Nation has paid New York more than USD 1.4B in revenue sharing payments from slot machines in casinos in Salamanca, Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

United States 
| 13/09/2017

Governor Andrew Mark Cuomo filed arbitration papers to deal with the Seneca Nation’s decision earlier this year to declare the end of revenue sharing payments under the 2002 Seneca Gaming Compact.

“The Nation was required to make (and did make) the State Contribution to the State for the first 14 years under the Compact. It is undisputed that that the Compact automatically renewed for an additional seven years on Dec. 9, 2016. Contract renewal means renewal of all of the rights and duties theretofore granted by the contract,” pointed out the state’s Demand for Arbitration paper quoted by Salamanca Press website.

The Demand for Arbitration was prepared by attorneys Paul Friedland and Damien Nyer of the New York City law firm of White & Case LLP.

The state's compact with the Senecas, and a follow-up memo agreed to in 2013, gave that Indian nation exclusive rights to operate Las Vegas-style casinos in a 16-county region of western New York. The Senecas have opened casinos in Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Salamanca.

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