Governor Cuomo Proposes Legalizing Gambling and Seneca Nation Fights Back

December 6, 2011 Updated Dec 6, 2011 at 1:52 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

December 6, 2011 Updated Dec 6, 2011 at 1:52 PM EDT

Niagara Falls, N.Y. - What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas or on the Indian reservation in New York State. Now, those are the hopes of Seneca Nation of Indian officials

"We're here today because we have some very exciting news," Seneca Nation President Robert Odawi Porter said.

The Seneca Nation conducted a survey of Western New Yorkers and they say a majority of people think gambling casinos should stay on Native land and not be opened and legalized across the state.

"One thousand Western New Yorkers it shows overwhelming support for gaming operations. Eighty-four percent of those polled show continued support for Seneca Casinos in our exclusivity zone," Porter said.

This survey comes as Governor Andrew Cuomo releases his Op Ed Piece, which proposes working to legalize Vegas style casinos across New York State.

"If this would to happen, we feel very strongly that the state law and nations class three gaming contract that carves out zone in our Western New York area and this should be protected,' Porter said.

Others disagree with the findings saying that they are disappointed with what the casino has brought to Western New York.

"It really has not brought in business or tourism. It's just brought in gambling and I don't think that it's really helped other businesses," John Williamson said.

Williamson also believe that the Seneca Nation should share the gaming rights and the wealth but he also said it must be done responsibly.

"I think it should be spread out. I think it should be legalized but it should be government regulated or it will be like Las Vegas where every little shop has slot machines in it," Williamson said.

Porter said they would fight any proposals by the state to take away their rights.

"We are fighting to defend the promise that was made to us by the state in 2002. The recent poll indicate Western New Yorkers overwhelmingly support our businesses," Porter said.