Brooks: No Seneca Nation-run casino in Monroe County

Updated: 07/25/2014 2:24 PM
Created: 07/25/2014 9:22 AM WHEC.com

Will there be a Seneca-owned casino in Monroe County? News10NBC has learned County Executive Maggie Brooks has sent Governor Cuomo a letter stating that a casino owned and operated by the Seneca Nation is not in the best interest of Monroe County.

In the letter, Brooks says she has spoken with residents as well as business, faith and governmental leaders who are both in support of and against a casino in Monroe County.

At a news conference today she said, “I think people are very concerned about the quality of life issues. How does it impact the quality of life? I think people are concerned about the fact that it is a Native American casino and they don't know what that means in terms of long term ownership of property.”

Brooks also says that she plans to formally oppose having land in Monroe county declared sovereign. According to the letter, Brooks says she is concerns about the expedited federal process for declaring land sovereign that would apply to land owned by the Seneca Nation in Henrietta.

The Seneca Nation issued a statement early Friday afternoon saying, " The Seneca Nation clearly outlined our position on potential casino expansion in a May 8 letter to Legislator Wilcox. Nothing has changed. While the timing of the County Executive's statement is curious, our position remains as it was two months ago."

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