Seneca Nation and New York State Agree to End Gaming Dispute


The agreement calls for the Senecas to give about $340 million in back payments to the state and local governments, but they will not have to pay about $209 million that was also owed. The deal also allows the Senecas to retain its gambling exclusivity in western New York, stretching through Rochester and the western portion of the Finger Lakes. The settlement will not need legislative approval.



Additional Coverage and Details of the OIN/NY State Deal

From Sunday edition. Here.

ETA: PDF of Governor’s Press Release: 142625702-Turning-Stone-Agreement-News-Release

How Gov. Cuomo, the Oneida Indian Nation and two counties made historic deal in record time

They were still negotiating Thursday morning; the 1 p.m. news conference to announce the agreement was delayed 30 minutes while lawyers cleaned up language.

Even the one-page document that Halbritter and Cuomo ceremoniously signed is just a conceptual agreement. The real document, with its attachments and addenda, was still being massaged by lawyers Friday afternoon.