Seneca Leaders, NY State Meet On Gambling Dispute

BUFFALO (AP) – New York state and Seneca Indian Nation leaders are coming off a round of negotiations in their long-running standoff over casino gambling.

A spokeswoman for the Western New York tribe confirms Thursday that Seneca leaders met with members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration in Albany Wednesday. Seneca President Barry Snyder Sr. isn’t available for comment.

The Senecas have been withholding the state and host cities’ share of revenue from their casinos in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Salamanca since 2009, saying New York broke a promise of gambling exclusivity by allowing video lottery terminals at nearby racetracks.

Now with plans to allow even more casinos in the state, Cuomo last month struck deals with the Oneidas and Mohawks to settle land claims and keep competition away from their casinos.