Seneca Nation of Indians not interested in building a casino in Monroe County

Updated: 05/15/2014 10:57 PM
Created: 05/15/2014 7:06 PM WHEC.com

The Seneca Nation of Indians, who bought land in Henrietta near Jefferson Road and I-390 with the thought of building a casino there, now say they are no longer looking at Monroe County as an option for a casino at this time.

In March, the Henrietta Town Board had voted on a resolution brought up by the town supervisor opposing the casino. Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini is interested in a casino in his town. He has said that Rochester Tech Park, formerly Kodak Elmgrove Plant, would make a perfect location.

No More Casino Coalition released a statement saying, "The Seneca Nation's statement that it will not pursue a casino in Monroe County "at this time" is merely a transparent ploy to get its opponents to let down their guard.  The Seneca Nation has established again and again that they are not reliable partners to the communities in which they have an interest.  Their history in Buffalo and Niagara Falls has proven that they say one thing and do another.  They have neglected to make promised payments to local communities, in pursuing the Buffalo Creek facility they indicated they would build at the DL&W Terminal and in a bait and switch built on another parcel nearby.  Additionally they promised the Buffalo Creek Casino would be a regional/national destination, and instead build a local "grind joint." We are concerned that the Seneca have not changed their ways. No one should believe for a moment that the danger of a Seneca Nation Casino in Monroe County has passed. The Seneca Nation continues to have a significant investment in commercial property in Henrietta that they have not offered for sale and their own statement leads us to believe that they are putting us on hold until the political winds shift. The No More Casinos Coalition will continue seeking definitive statements from all levels of government opposing the development of a casino in Monroe County to close the door on a Seneca Casino for good. The people of this community deserve to know that a back-room deal that gives away sovereign land and puts an unwelcome casino in their back yard will not happen."

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