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May 17, 2013

Snyder responds to governor


Niagara Gazette — Snyder said that in the event of a breach of the compact by the state, which the nation says has happened in light of state-run "racinos" operating in its Western New York exclusivity zone, the nation's obligation to make payments and the state's right to receive them "shall cease immediately." Snyder contends the end of payments as a result of the alleged breach "shall not effect the validity of any other provisions" of the Compact. 

"Simply put, it’s the state’s obligation to pay the local communities," Snyder said. "Rather than showing leadership on this issue and paying the local governments, the governor has brought the cities of Niagara Falls and Salamanca to the brink of a financial ruin."

Both the state and the Senecas are currently involved in an arbitration process that is expected to produce some type of resolution to the dispute. 

"The Seneca Nation has acted in good faith and negotiated diplomatically but we continue to experience over and over the childish antics of the state’s top leader and his advisor," Snyder said. 

Following the release of Snyder's statement on Friday, Mayor Paul Dyster said that while the Seneca Nation President's words were stern, he feels a negotiated settlement between the Senecas and state is a strong possibility.

"It's not surprising that when you have two strong leaders trying to represent the interests of their people strong language is going to be used," Dyster said. "I feel a negotiated settlement is a possibility, despite the harsh rhetoric of the last couple days."

Dyster said he sees Cuomo's deal with the Oneidas after decades of negotiations as a positive sign.

"If there is a solution to be found, they're going to find it," Dyster said. "Oftentimes, things have to come to a crisis before the moves can be made to negotiate."

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