• New York Governor Andrew Cuomo threatening to break the casino compact with the Seneca Nation Indians
• The dispute was caused by the Seneca Nation failing to meet their monthly obligations to the state
The Seneca Nation Indians and the state of New York have been in a dispute over casino payments for some time now.
The tribe is refusing to pay what they are supposed to pay according to the compact with the state, and Governor Andrew Cuomo seems to have had enough.
Cuomo is now threatening with the dissolution of the compact if the Seneca Nation don’t pay what they owe.
Back in 2002, New York State signed a compact with the tribe, allowing them the exclusive right to operate a casino in the Western part of New York until 2023.
However, the compact is contingent on monthly payments by the casino, the last of which was delivered in March of this year. In light of this, Cuomo has made it clear that the state is looking into the possibility of granting a new casino license for a venue that would be located in the Niagara Falls region and wouldn’t be operated by the Seneca Nation.
I think the Governor screwed up the compact. But if they’re not going to pay the State, he has nothing to lose by breaking it.