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Seneca President to Speak at NY Gambling Hearing


Albany, NY – Seneca Indian President Robert Odawi Porter is set to go before a state Senate committee to weigh in on the future of gambling in New York. WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The Senecas operate three casinos in western New York under a compact with the state that guarantees no competing casinos will be allowed to go up nearby.

The Senate Committee on Racing, Wagering and Gaming has a hearing scheduled in Canandaigua today as it evaluates whether to expand commercial gambling.

Porter's spokeswoman says the Seneca president will urge lawmakers to uphold the Senecas' exclusivity rights. The Senecas say the compact has already been violated by the presence of "racinos" in Hamburg and Batavia.

They've been withholding required casino payments to the state until the issue is resolved.

Tristan O'Neill, WAMC News.

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