Governor anticipates four regions for three casinos
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is anticipating that four upstate regions will compete for three casinos.
In an interview with Susan Arbetter onThe Capitol Pressroom this morning, the governor conceded that the state is unlikely to resolve outstanding casino issues with the Seneca Indians in Western New York. He maintains that the Senecas owe the state over half a billion dollars from their existing casino operations.
"We have had conversations with the Senecas," Cuomo said. "We are basically nowhere with the Senecas."
Because of this, he said the Western New York region will come up for bid under a his plan for the siting of three upstate casinos.
His initial siting plan created six possible regions for the casinos. Then an exclusivity agreement in Central New York was given to the Oneida nation and an exclusivity area was carved out in the North Country for the Mohawk Indians, which left four possible regions.
If the state could reach an agreement with the Senecas, it would take that region off the table. As that is now unlikely, according to the governor, the remaining regions are Western New York, the Southern Tier, the Capital Region and Catskills.
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