Seneca Nation President Responds to Cuomo's Casino Comments

May 17, 2013 Updated May 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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May 17, 2013 Updated May 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM EDT

Seneca Nation President Responds to Cuomo's Casino Comments

WEST SENECA, NY (RELEASE/ WKBW)

The Seneca Nation of Indians President is sounding off following remarks by Governor Cuomo yesterday. It happened yesterday in Albany while Cuomo announced a new agreement between the state and the Oneida Nation of Indians, granting the Oneidas exclusive gaming rights at the Turning Stone Casino and surrounding property. Cuomo spoke about the on-going litigation with the Senecas and believes if no agreement can be reached, the Senecas have no authority to operate casinos when the compact agreement expires in 2016. In 2009, the Senecas started withholding casino revenue after they claim the state violated their exclusivity zone by allowing gaming at three racetracks. They continue arbitration with the state.

Below is a statement from Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder:

"Yesterday we all witnessed another symptom of the unfortunately strained relations the Seneca Nation of Indians has with Governor Andrew Cuomo. Yet again he has chosen a path of playground bully tactics rather than one of maturity, dignity and mutual respect. Apparently he fails to see the error of his way lauding job creation and stability throughout the state while at the same time threatening the economic security of thousands of hard working families in Western New York employed by the nation or its vendors."