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Senecas meet with county over casino deal

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April 8, 2009

CATSKILLS - The Seneca Nation of Indians have made a tentative agreement to pay Sullivan County $15 million annually in exchange for supporting their proposed casino in Bridgeville. The tribe also agreed to pay an estimate of sales and hotel occupancy tax.

Tribal leaders initially reluctant to the deal Thompson Supervisor Tony Cellini said on Tuesday, "I am happy to see that they seem willing to come to terms when in the beginning they refused."

Seneca officials and their partner, Rotate Black Gaming, will meet this afternoon with county and town officials to discuss the agreement. The will also meet with County Attorney Sam Yasgur and Thompson Attorney Michael Mednick. The Seneca also plan a presentation at to the town board.

Chairman of the Legislature Jonathan Rouis would not elaborate on the discussions. He said, "This is just one conversation in an ongoing series of conversations."

Even with local agreement, the Seneca Nation will still have to get the governor's approval and the approval of Congress.

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