Niagara Gazette

January 6, 2014

IN BUSINESS: Seneca Gaming Corp. named among 'Most Admired'

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — The Seneca Gaming Corporation has been named as one of the region’s “Most Admired Companies” for 2013.

The gaming company, owner of the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, made a list compiled by Buffalo Business First. The publication asked readers, businesses and its staff to make suggestions and nominations, and selected 21 companies in the region based on factors such as growth, success, diversity and contributions to the local community.

Since opening Seneca Niagara Casino on Dec. 31, 2002, Seneca Gaming Corporation has grown into one of the largest private sector employers in Western New York. The company employs nearly 4,000 workers at its three casino entertainment properties – Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls, Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel in Salamanca and the new Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in downtown Buffalo.

The combined annual payroll of the Seneca casino properties is more than $100 million. Employees receive benefits including access to a free Team Dining Room and Fitness Center, both open 24 hours a day. The progressive company has many additional healthy initiatives, such as diabetes prevention and smoking cessation programs, as well as a health office with services offered free-of-charge and no need for co-payments or insurance.

Over the past 11 years, the company and its owner, the Seneca Nation of Indians, have also completed more than $1 billion worth of construction projects at its casino properties and the Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course in Lewiston.

For all of its business success, Seneca Gaming Corporation has placed a decided emphasis on giving back to the community. The company donated $1.275 million to Niagara County Community College towards the creation of the Culinary Institute. Seneca Gaming Corporation also donates hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to local charities throughout Western New York. Through the company-sanctioned Team Seneca Cares program, team members can earn a paid day off by volunteering for and/or contributing to a minimum of eight community causes and events throughout the year.

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Serotte Law Firm has announced that attorney James W. Grable, Sr. will serve as Of Counsel for the firm.

With more than 40 years of working as an attorney for federal government agencies, focusing most of his career on agency proceedings and judicial review involving immigration law enforcement, Grable brings extensive experience in many areas of immigration law to Serotte Law. In addition to offering clients and others expert legal research, advice, opinions, and representation, he will also be available to provide expert witness testimony.

Throughout his career, Grable has provided extensive counsel as a recognized expert on immigration law and procedure issues involving the inspection of arriving foreign nationals and processing removable/deportable foreign nationals. He has also been recognized as an expert on a former U.S.-Canada agreement addressing foreign nationals subject to northern border inspections.

Senior Partner Michael Serotte believes that the firm’s clients will greatly benefit from the extraordinary level of knowledge and unique perspective that Grable has developed during his years of working with the government.

Among Mr. Grable’s areas of expertise are inspection, admission, parole, detention, and removal of arriving foreign nationals, as well as all aspects of removal proceedings involving removable/deportable foreign nationals. He will also provide guidance and advice on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and prosecutions for criminal offenses under immigration law.