Seneca Nation drops lengthy lawsuits, accepts new gaming compact talks with NYS

CATTARAUGUS TERRITORY, IRVING, NY (WIVB) – Seneca Nation is dropping its years-long legal battle with the state of New York and has agreed to start discussions on a new gaming compact.

A spokesman for the Seneca Nation said dropping the lawsuit against the state would strengthen the future operation of the nation’s three western New York casinos.

This agreement means that Seneca Nation will “realize more than $ 40 million in disputed fees and cost savings over the remainder of the current Compact.” The compact in place now was signed in 2002 and expires in December 2023.

The Nation said in a press release that it will now resume quarterly casino revenue sharing payments that New York State will return to Buffalo. Niagara Falls and Salamanca. Until now, payments have been deposited throughout the dispute.

“Instead of pursuing continued litigation, we believe we can now best resolve our concerns in an agreement with greater clarity about our obligations and, just as importantly, the obligations the state of New York has to the nation in return,” Seneca The President of the Nations, Matthew Pagels. said. “Furthermore, we want to see the momentum generated by our investments and operations continue to grow, and we look forward to building on our strong relationships with our neighbors in Niagara Falls, Salamanca and Buffalo. Now is the time to move on. ”

Governor Kathy Hochul told News 4 that she is happy with the deal and looks forward to discussing a new deal.

“I am pleased to have reached an agreement on the resumption of payments on terms that benefit both the state and the nation and that benefit the communities of Western New York, and I look forward to beginning discussions toward a new agreement,” he said. Governor Hochul. ,

News 4 has approached Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s office and Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino’s office for comment and is waiting to hear back.

Watch Seneca Nations video announcement below:

Patrick Ryan is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2020. See more of his work here.

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