Updated: 02/20/2014 5:21 PM
Created: 02/20/2014 4:57 PM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen
With the governor in town, News10NBC had some questions for him about talk of a casino in our area. As we've been reporting, the Seneca Nation of Indians is eyeing property in Henrietta.
The rhetoric about a possible casino in Henrietta continues to grow. But before that could ever happen, the state would have to re-open its compact with the Seneca Nation of Indians. Right now, the agreement allows for three casinos in western New York, which the Senecas already have.
News10NBC wanted to find out from the governor just where he stood on the Senecas opening a fourth casino. The Indian Nation has said it has identified land in Henrietta that it is interested in purchasing and is working with local developer David Flaum to help them secure a site and develop the land.
Since word got out about the Senecas’ plans, organized opposition has formed to try and put a stop to it. Outside the governor's address Thursday, protesters from the group "No More Casinos Coalition" held signs to let Governor Cuomo know their position.
News10NBC asked the governor if he was in favor of looking at a change in the compact to allow the Senecas to build another casino.
Gov. Cuomo said, “I have not talked to anyone about re-opening the compacts which are, you know, very complicated and done over a long period of time. So I haven't talked to anyone about re-opening it. It hasn't been discussed. I mean, anything can happen theoretically in life, but other than that, no.”
The Seneca Nation has declined to comment about its intentions. It isn't just the governor that would have to sign off to any change in the gaming compact. It would also take the approval of the state legislature and the U.S. Department of Interior.
Full interview with Governor Cuomo: