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January 11, 2013

Cuomo's casino comments welcomed

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City Council Chairman Glenn Choolokian said he is also encouraged by the governor's comments.

"I'm definitely for anything that's going to move this dispute along in a speedy fashion," Choolokian said.

But, Choolokian said, he's still worried that the city's needs will come second to those of the Seneca Nation and the state despite the city being the entity that gave up the most under the terms of the current gaming compact.

"Hopefully, Niagara Falls can receive its funds and we can move forward," Choolokian said.

Gaming expansion in New York is not a done deal. State lawmakers approved first passage of a measure that would allow up to seven new casinos in the state. Second passage is required before the measure can be voted on by the public in a referendum. State officials have suggested that the process is on course to have the measure presented to voters this November. 

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