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US – New York State agrees new compact in principle with Seneca Nation

By - 9 June 2023

With its current 2002 gaming compact set too run out in December, New York’s Seneca Nation has agreed a new 20-year casino gaming compact in principle with New York State, although no details have been publicised so far.

Seneca Nation President Rickey Armstrong, Sr. said the details would be confirmed ‘”‘as quickly as possible.’

“Negotiating a fair compact was critical to the future of the Seneca Nation and the future of Western New York,” he explained. “Throughout months of negotiation, our focus remained on arriving at a fair deal that secured the future of our gaming operations, the vital funding our operations provide for critical services for our people, and the significant jobs and economic benefits they generate in Western New York. We made it clear that we would not settle for anything less.”

“Now that we have reached a point of agreement with the state’s negotiators on a framework that we believe is fair, we hope to move as quickly as possible toward finalizing the terms and securing all necessary approvals to enact what we believe will be another historic agreement that builds upon what we have accomplished over the past two decades,” he added.

Since August 2002, the Seneca Nation has spenty almost $2bn on developing and operating its three casinos in Western New York. These are Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino in Salamanca, and Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in downtown Buffalo.

President Armstrong added: “We have come a long way, as a Nation and as a region, over the last 20 years, and we have made significant progress in our negotiations over the last several weeks. We are committing ourselves to getting this new compact in place so that we can continue to transform life for the Seneca people and the economy in Western New York for generations to come.”

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