The Seneca Nation of Indians made it clear: They wanted Gov. Andrew Cuomo to come to them to announce a settlement yesterday.
So much so that the nation required it in their memorandum of understanding with the state, which is below.
Cuomo hastily flew up to Niagara Falls from Albany yesterday in the rain for the announcement, as did state lawmakers who were also in Albany. When Cuomo announced similar deals with Oneidas and Mohawks last month, the agreements were signed and announced at the Capitol.
The agreement stated that the Seneca president and Cuomo would travel to a “mutually agreeable location in Niagara Falls for the joint settlement announcement and presentation of local share remittances.”
That’s not all. It also requires the governor to “travel to the nation’s territory to initiate a new era of state-nation cooperation and commitment to economic growth and development in western New York.”
The five-page memorandum also spells out the gambling exclusivity that the Senecas will have in western New York, and the limits it puts on the existing three video-lottery terminals’ facilities in the region.
The VLT facilities can’t refer to their games as slot machines nor call themselves casinos. If the racinos violate the terms of the agreement, the Senecas could withhold revenue payments to the state.