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Congressman calls on the feds to investigate Governor Cuomo

Posted at 5:51 PM, Aug 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-27 17:55:04-04

Enter Seneca Nation Territory on I-90, and you're greeted with a rough road warning and reduced speed limit of 45 miles per hour.

"This road is deplorable. This road is a public safety risk," Rep. Tom Reed said.

It's also why the republican congressman is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Governor Andrew Cuomo over his handling of the 3-mile portion of the state route.

He hand delivered his request to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Buffalo on Tuesday.

During an appearance in western New York last week, Cuomo said he isn't fixing the road while there is an ongoing dispute with the Seneca Nation over $255 million in casino revenue.

"I don't want to give them a reason to say we breached the agreement by coming on to I-90 when we had no right to come onto I-90," Cuomo said on August 20.

In a statement, the Seneca Nation said in part: "For years, the Seneca Nation has routinely approved resolutions for routine maintenance on this stretch of Thruway.There has been no meaningful dialogue or outreach from the State, only public posturing and political rhetoric."

Reed said roughly $10 million in federal funding has been allocated for the stretch over the last two years, and that's not including Thruway tolls. He wants the governor investigated for possible misuse of funds and abuse of power.

"To see that the Governor has now honestly acknowledged that he's using the unrelated gaming revenue dispute to withhold the funds for this road," Reed said. "I have to ask, where's the money?"

The governor's senior advisor released a statement saying, in part, He (meaning Congressman Reed,) should stop with the cheap stunts, do his job, represent his constituents, and demand that the Senecas pay their fair share under the arbitration they agreed to."