Current agreement with Seneca Nation could prevent new casino in Rochester area
Posted at: 08/21/2013 7:09 PM
By: Berkeley Brean | WHEC.com
A new casino in the Rochester area might sound like a good bet, but the current agreement with the Seneca Nation could prevent it from happening.
News10NBC is digging more into the possibility of a casino coming to Henrietta. The Seneca Nation says it is working with a local developer to explore ideas on what kind of gaming center would work best there and where to build it. News10NBC found out building another casino may violate the current letter of the law.
The contract between the Seneca Nation and the state limits the Senecas to three casinos. They already have three. A state official said that before any casino is built in Henrietta, the contract will have to be amended.
The contact is signed between the Senecas and the state. Page 15 is the key. It says the nation may establish gaming facilities in three places, Niagara County, Erie County and other place on Seneca Territory. That's the casino down south in Salamanca, New York.
On Tuesday, the Seneca Nation said it hired Rochester developer David Flaum to
“organize and coordinate gaming and hospitality development in Henrietta.” That is as specific as the nation is willing to be. That requires a change to the compact at the state level and the federal level.
Congresswomen Louise Slaughter, whose district includes Henrietta, is no fan of casinos.
Rep. Louise Slaughter, (D), 25th Congressional District, said, “I was talking to a bunch of people on a bus going to a casino where I'm sure they have a lot of fun and sometimes I think people ought to just stay home and save them their money. There's hardly any point in going. We know who's going to win.”
News10NBC tried to find out where in Henrietta the Senecas want to development. It's so early on in the process, they don't even know. News10NBC talked to the developer, David Flaum. He said all the public information is going to come from the Seneca Nation.