By Tom Precious
ALBANY -- Government and industry sources say Gov. Andrew Cuomo and St. Regis Mohawk leaders are hoping to announce a deal this afternoon to settle a dispute and give the tribe exclusive rights to continue to operate a casino in a large section of northern New York.
The Cuomo administration declined comment, though there is talk of an early afternoon news conference at the Capitol.
The looming deal comes a week after Cuomo made an agreement with the Oneida Nation of Indians.
But Cuomo is far apart in coming to terms with the Seneca Nation of Indians over a $600 million revenue sharing dispute. Cuomo is threatening to try to locate another casino in Western New York if the Senecas do not come to a deal soon with his administration. Barry Snyder Sr., the Seneca president, last week called Cuomo's negotiating tactics "childish.''
UPDATE: Cuomo has scheduled a 1:30pm news conference.