Complaint filed against local developer, Seneca Nation of Indians

Created: 02/18/2014 11:26 AM WHEC.com

A complaint filed with the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) alleges local developer, David Flaum, the Seneca Nation of Indians, and the Seneca Gaming Corporation (SGC), violated the New York State Lobbying Act. The complaint was filed by the Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation.

The complaint says Flaum participated in unregistered lobbying activities and has accepted an offer of employment with the Seneca Nation of Indians which violates the Lobbying Act.

Last year, we reported that Flaum was hired to organize and coordinate gaming and hospitality development in Henrietta. The complaint says that a review of the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics website does not list Flaum as a registered lobbyist.

Executive Vice President of Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation Michael Nolan said, “There is evidence strongly suggesting that Flaum and Flaum Rochester are lobbying on behalf of the Seneca Nation and the SGC.” According to Nolan, the agreement between Flaum and the Seneca Nation states that Flaum might be required to represent the Seneca Nation’s interests. “I think it’s clear that those responsibilities fall under the definition of lobbying”.

We have reached out to the Seneca Nation of Indians for a comment and will post that here when we receive one.

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