Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Lawmaker Looking To End Terms With Seneca Indian Nation
A city lawmaker in Buffalo says the city should rescind a contract with the Seneca Indian Nation that allows it to operate a casino in Buffalo. Councilman Michael LoCurto says the western New York tribe has breached the contract by scaling back its plans to build a heavily marketed casino-hotel complex. He says the casino planned now won't employ as many people or attract as many tourists as promised. The Senecas currently operate a small temporary casino at the site while construction of a permanent facility is underway. Casino opponents held a news conference before Tuesday's city council meeting supporting LoCurto's proposal. No council vote was expected. Seneca President, Robert Odawi (oh-DAH-weeh) Porter, issued a statement defending the casino and the 500 jobs it will create.