The Seneca Nation of Indians and Gov. Andrew Cuomo will announce an agreement in Niagara Falls this afternoon over a long-standing dispute over the tribe’s gaming compact in western New York.
Cuomo and state lawmakers were flying out of Albany for the 3:15 p.m. news conference with Seneca leaders, sources confirmed.
The tribe owes the state nearly $600 million after it refused several years ago to stop paying New York a portion of its gambling revenues from three casinos in the Buffalo and Niagara Falls areas. The tribe claims that three racinos in western New York is a violation of its gaming compact, which gives the tribe exclusive gaming rights from the Buffalo through Rochester areas.