Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today commented on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruling that affirmed the Seneca Nation's obligation to pay casino compact funding.
AUDIO of today's remarks is available here.
A rush transcript of the Governor's remarks is available below:
Governor Cuomo: We have a decision in the ongoing trial with the Seneca Nation. The Seneca Nation, for those who don't remember, 2013 New York reached a landmark agreement with the Seneca Nation recognizing exclusivity of the Seneca Casinos in Western New York. The agreement was based on trust and respect, and it was one that I was proud to make. This morning the U.S. second circuit court of appeals again affirmed the need for the Seneca Nation to fulfill their obligations and pay what they owe in exchange for those gaming rights. The court's decision was clear, and after years of delay, multiple appeals, and multiple court losses it is high time the Seneca Nation follows the law and pays what they owe, and it is significant funding, especially for the communities involved, as well as the State. Rob, do you want to just remind us of what that - well, the financial consequences of that are?
Robert Mujica: It's about $435 million dollars that is owed to-date and is almost over $100 million of that is for local governments. The biggest counties in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Salamanca, Monroe and Erie County, but there are over a dozen local governments, county governments, and cities that get direct payments so it's $435 overall and $150 million directly to local governments, and the rest of the money goes to, mostly, education.