A US federal court has ruled that tribal casino operator Seneca Nation should pay the casino compact funding.
In a statement to the press, commenting on the court’s ruling, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s senior advisor, Rich Azzopardi, said: “The court confirmed what we’ve said all along: the Seneca Nation needs to fulfill their obligations, make their neighbors and the state whole, and pay what they owe in exchange for their exclusive gaming rights.
It is our hope that they end this charade, stop using the courts to delay, and pay what they owe.”
The Seneca Nation knocked the court earlier in the year seeking to alienate itself from a compact with New York State.
“We continue to believe, as anyone who has read the Compact, that the Nation’s Compact payment obligation was fulfilled, and we believe we had an obligation to the Seneca people to defend the Compact as it was written and agreed upon,” Seneca Nation President Rickey Armstrong, Sr. said.
The tribal casino operator claims to employ over 4,000 people.
The Seneca Nation of Indians is a federally recognized Seneca tribe based in western New York. They are one of three federally recognized Seneca entities in the United States, the others being the Tonawanda Band of Seneca and the Seneca-Cayuga Nation of Oklahoma.