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
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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