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May 11, 2008
MONTICELLO, NY - The Seneca Nation plan to build a casino on Route 17 at Exit
107in Bridgeville, Sullivan County, New York. It will be two-million-square-feet
facility with 6,000 slot machines, 120 game tables, 30 poker tables, a
1,500-room hotel and spa, 12 restaurants, upscale retail space, and a 5,000-seat
Last month the Sullivan County Legislature unanimously approved a mitigation
agreement with the tribe. It requires annual payments of $15.5 million to the
County of Sullivan during the two-year construction phase of the hotel, and $20
million dollars for the four years after the hotel has been completed and gaming
begins. There are also provisions for additional funding tied to the economic
success of the casino.
County chairman Jonathan F. Rouis said, "This agreement is the result of several
productive meetings with the leadership of The Seneca Nation. We are
appreciative that the Seneca leadership understood this legislature's commitment
to be proactive in our efforts to mitigate any potential impacts of the project,
and I believe that commitment is clearly reflected in this agreement."
The casino will need the approval of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
The department's previous secretary disapproved the proposed St. Regis Mohawk
project in Monticello because the location was too far from the reservation. The
new Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar, has not yet announced his policy on
Senator Chuck Schumer said April 26 that it is "premature" to predict what
Salazar will do about off-reservation casinos, but the senator broach Salazar on
Return to New York Casinos.