NIAGARA FALLS, NY-- New York State and Seneca Nation of Indians have agreed to a multi-year casino deal.
The announcement was made Thursday afternoon in Niagara Falls.
Part of the deal at heart was the nearly $600 million in casino revenue owed to New York State from the Senecas.
With the deal, the WNY communities that have Seneca-owned casinos will receive 100% of the money that is owed to them.
Niagara Falls will receive $89 million, Salamanca receives $34.5 million and Buffalo will receive $15.5 million.
The Senecas had withheld the state and host cities' share of revenue from their casinos in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Salamanca since 2009, saying New York broke a promise of gambling exclusivity by allowing video lottery terminals at nearby racetracks.
Now with plans to allow even more casinos in the state, Cuomo last month struck deals with the Oneidas and Mohawks to settle land claims and keep competition away from their casinos.
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