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July 31, 2013

Cuomo stops by Falls to collect $349M and deliver $89M to Falls

Cuomo stops by Falls to collect $349M and deliver $89M to Falls


Niagara Gazette — Snyder said the settlement represents a new promise from the Senecas and the state to work together to grow the economy of Western New York.

"On behalf of the Seneca Nation we appreciate the governor's continued commitment to the economic revitalization of Western New York, and recognizing the Seneca Nation's gaming enterprise as an important component for continuation of our region's growth and transformation," Snyder said. "I stand here committed to uphold the terms of our agreement, protect our nation's sovereignty rights and to continue to grow our gaming business."

Snyder said that the Senecas and the state have learned to communicate with one another through the dispute which will help the two entities avoid any disagreements over the compact in the future.

"We have conflicts and debates, but in the end we have to work together to move our future forward as one," Snyder said.

Dyster, who drove back from his family's cabin in the southern tier to attend the press conference, said the city suffered economically because of the dispute.

"Tens of millions of dollars that had been budgeted for our schools, our roads, our infrastructure had been held back because the state and Senecas couldn't reach common ground," Dyster said. "A very, very difficult time, but somehow we got through it."

Dyster said Cuomo has fought for Western New York and that his success in reaching a compromise with the Senecas to end the dispute - which lasted over 40 months and began before Cuomo was elected governor - is a sign of the progress being made in the region.

"You can feel the new energy here," Dyster said. "It's a positive energy we haven't felt in years."

The city will avoid a looming fiscal crisis that would have seen Niagara Falls cut jobs or services in order to pay its bond debt if the city had not seen the casino revenues before fall. City lawmakers and members of Dyster's administration repeatedly asked him to produce a plan for what the city would do if the casino dispute remained stalled, but he insisted that the dispute would end before the city's cash flow issues would come to a head.

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