Niagara Gazette

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June 13, 2013

GLYNN: Snyder defends Senecas' stand on compact

Niagara Gazette — Seneca Nation President Barry E. Snyder Sr. isn’t always readily available to the media for comment on Gov. Andew Cuomo’s latest threat to allow non-Indian gambling casinos in Western New York.

That doesn’t mean, however, that Snyder is dodging the bullet. In fact, he has been ripping into the state chief executive a number of times in the tribal nation’s official newsletter, citing how the state has violated terms of the original compact. Snyder also has accused Cuomo of choosing “a path of playground bullying tactics rather than one of maturity, dignity and mutual respect.”

He notes that the governor appears to be inconsistent in defense of his position. On one hand, Cuomo lauds job creation and stability throughout the state and yet, at the same time, he threatens the economic security of thousands of hard working families employed by the nation or its vendors at the three Indian casinos, in Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Salamanca.

Snyder has repeatedly cited the fact that the state has violated the compact. Quoting the signed document, Snyder says that if “the state breaches exclusivity, the nation’s obligation to make exclusivity payments as well as the state’s right to receive them shall cease immediately.” Instead of the state fulfilling its end of the bargain, Snyder point out, the governor fails to show leadership[ on the issue and, as a result, has brought the cities of Niagara Falls and Salamanca to the brink of financial ruin. The Seneca Nation president added: “We’ve acted in good faith and negotiated diplomatically but we continue to experience the childish antics of the state’s top leader and his advisors.”

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OLD GLORY: A reminder, Flag Day is Friday, time to share in the patriotic spirit.

On a personal note, it always conjures up those memorable lyrics from Johnny Cash’s “Ragged Old Flag.”  

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