Niagara Gazette

October 7, 2013

BIZ NEWS: Seneca Niagara Casino, NU's Freedman recognized

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Readers of the prestigious gaming magazine, Casino Player, have recognized Seneca Casinos for excellence as leading resort destinations, with Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel and Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel awarded a total of 31 “Best of Gaming 2013” awards. The annual survey determines the best casinos, hotels, amenities and games throughout the U.S.

Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel ranked in the top three among “Native Northeast” casinos for 21 categories, including coveted first-place honors for Best Hotel, Casino with the Best Facebook Page, Casino with the Best App and Casino with the Best Twitter Feed. Some of its other notable honors were for best rooms, best suites, best casino, best pool, best (table games) dealers and “Casino Where You Feel Luckiest.”

“The nation’s most avid casino fans read Casino Player, and they are the ones who choose the ‘Best of Gaming’ honors — so, naturally, we’re thrilled they consider Seneca Casinos among the very best destinations for gaming,” said Cathy Walker, president and CEO, Seneca Gaming Corp. “From the gaming floor renovations at Seneca Niagara, to the expanded Four Diamond–rated hotel tower at Seneca Allegany and now the opening of the new Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, we’re continually striving to reinvent ourselves and to provide unbeatable entertainment value for our guests.”

The full list of “Best of Gaming” awards is available in the August 2013 issue of Casino Player.


Michael Freedman, Niagara University’s associate director of public relations and manager of online content, has been chosen as a “Spotlight Professional” by Buffalo Niagara 360, a program for young professionals that’s coordinated by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.

Freedman was recognized during the Buffalo Niagara 360 Kickoff Celebration, which was held Sept. 26 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Mike and his family,” said Tom Burns, Niagara’s associate vice president for PR, communications and marketing. “As a public relations professional, Mike is usually the person responsible for promoting the many great successes of others at NU. He has been an incredible asset to the university, and he has earned his place in the spotlight.”

Individuals selected for the award must be engaged in the community (with impact/results), demonstrate leadership skills, and their work must be aligned with the Partnership’s pro-Buffalo Niagara mission of furthering regional development and growth.

A Town of Niagara resident, Freedman has worked at Niagara University since August 2010, acting as the university’s liaison for print and broadcast media, coordinating internal communication initiatives, and establishing and implementing plans for all online content, including the university website and social media sites operated by the university.

Freedman serves on the boards of the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce and the Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara. He is a member of the marketing committees for the Taste of Buffalo and the Buffalo-Niagara Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

The SUNY Geneseo graduate previously served as the director of communications at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo. From 2004 to 2009, he held the same position at Artpark in Lewiston. He is currently pursuing an MBA with a concentration in strategic marketing at Niagara.


The law firm of Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC, have launched a campaign to raise funds for Roswell Park Cancer Institute. For every new page “like” that Lipsitz & Ponterio’s Facebook page receives, the firm will donate $1 to Roswell Park Cancer Institute for its research focusing on asbestos-related cancers, including mesothelioma and lung cancer.

The fundraising campaign began Tuesday and will continue through April 1, 2014.

“The attorneys and staff at Lipsitz & Ponterio value the public’s participation in our social media campaign. It is our goal to give back to our community and to raise awareness about debilitating diseases caused by exposure to asbestos,” said John N. Lipsitz, a founding partner at Lipsitz & Ponterio. “If you’re looking for a simple way to give back to the Western New York community, head to our page on Facebook and ‘like’ us. It’s fast, it’s easy, and it will make a difference.”