New York lawmaker urges state to complete gaming compact with Seneca Nation

New York lawmaker urges state to complete gaming compact with Seneca Nation

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  • Olean Times Herald
June 22, 2024 12:43 PM
  • Olean Times Herald

Assemblyman Joseph Giglio said Tuesday he’s disappointed Gov. Kathy Hochul and leaders of the majority in the Assembly and Senate didn’t finalize a new gaming compact with the Seneca Nation of Indians before the close of the 2024 legislative session.

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“We are on track to enter our third three-month extension,” Giglio, R-Gowanda, said. “I’ve spoken with Seneca Nation Council members who told me every time they think they have a deal, something happens that derails the talks. A new gaming compact is vital to our regional economy across Western New York.”

On Dec. 1, eight days before the compact negotiated in 2002 was set to expire, Seneca Nation President Ricky Armstrong Jr. and Hochul agreed to extend the compact automatically every quarter until a new deal is struck.