Federal appeals court rules Seneca Nation owes New York State years of casino revenue sharing payments2 min read

By- Sakshi Singh  

On Monday Andrew M. Cuomo said that it’s time for the Seneca Nation to pay “what they owe”. This statement came after a court ruling that sided with new York City. 

Cuomo made the statement on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the  City ruling that affirmed the Seneca Nation is obligated to pay the state casino compact funding. 

We have an option within the going court trial with the Seneca Nation. The Seneca Nation, for those who don’t remember, 2013 New York City finally reached a landmark agreement with the Seneca Nation recognizing exclusivity of the Seneca Casinos in Western of the town. 

The appellate court ruling follows an arbitration award, handed down in November last year by Senior U.S. District Court Judge William Skretny in Buffalo, that ordered the payment of the many dollars in casino distribution funds to the state of latest York and host communities. 

Skretny, in his 30-page judgment, wrote that “the correctness of an arbitrator’s decision isn’t now at issue. The judge added that the only question to be resolved was whether or not the three-member arbitration panel openly disregarded governing law in reaching its determination. 

Skretny wrote, this court finds that it didn’t In dismissing the Seneca lawsuit, Skretny also granted a call for participation by the state to verify the arbitration award. 

It’s not clear what proportion of cash the Senecas actually owe Niagara Falls and other host communities. Under the compact’s structure, the state paid 25 percent of its slot machine revenue to the govt in quarterly installments. State officials allocated 25 percent of what it received to the Falls. 

The city was due eleven forth part payments February last year. 

State officials also added that the Seneca Nation owes about 435 USD to the state with quite $100 million of that for local governments. 

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