Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a deal last night with the Oneida Indian Nation over gambling rights. Cuomo also raised the possibility that the state's agreement with the Seneca Nation of Indians for the right to operate casinos in Western New York might just run out in three years without renewal.
Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster, whose city is feeling the financial pinch because of the ongoing dispute between the Senecas and the state, issued a statement last night:
"Congratulations to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his great leadership and diplomatic skill in negotiating a win-win solution to the centuries-old dispute between the State of New York and the Oneida Nation of Indians. Litigation in this case has been ongoing since 1970, and every previous effort to resolve the outstanding issues - and there have been several attempts over several decades - has ended in failure. But as in the case of so many other supposedly "intractable" issues in the last several years, Gov. Cuomo has found a way to break the logjam and find a solution that works for everyone.
"Obviously the dispute between the State of New York and the Seneca Nation of Indians remains ongoing. I have said from the beginning that I thought a negotiated settlement was the preferred way to resolve the outstanding issues. Today's announcement confirms my long-standing and often-professed belief that if there is a way to settle that dispute at the bargaining table, Gov. Cuomo will find it. I am one-hundred-percent behind the Governor on this matter, because, I know that whatever course he follows, he has the interest of the people of the State of New York and the City of Niagara Falls at heart."
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