Seneca Nation Drops Lawsuit Against New York, Seeks New Gaming Compact

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IRVING – The Seneca Nation has dropped its lawsuit against New York State and launched a new discussion to establish a gaming compact.

Nation officials announced this week they will secure $40 million as part of the current compact.

The agreement expires at the end of 2023. Negotiations are slated to start in 60 days.

In April 2021, the nation requested a 45-day federal stay on $1 billion dollars in revenue sharing payments.

This followed then-governor Andrew Cuomo’s push to have the Senecas to pay the state previously withheld payments. Of the $435 million dollars sought, $115 million was slated for local governments.

“Our gaming enterprises were developed through the vision, commitment, and historic investment of the Seneca Nation,” said Seneca Nation President Matthew Pagels during a virtual announcement. “They are a major economic driver and one of Western New York’s largest private-sector employers. They are also a primary source of funding for the important services we deliver to our community.”

New York Governor Kathy Hochul in a statement said she was pleased to reach an agreement to resume payments that will benefit both the State, the Nation and Western New York communities.


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