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State Senate: Senecas Are Behind on Payments

John Mariani of the Syracuse Post Standard reports that several Native American gaming operations are behind on payments to state police for security provided at casinos. The Seneca Gaming Commission is the furthest in arrears, owing $22.8 million to the state for security at the casino in Niagara Falls and $18.1 million for the casino at Salamanca.

Three Indian nations operating five casinos owe the state police Gaming Detail more than $55.9 million for security work the state does at their casinos, Sen. Craig Johnson, D-Nassau County, revealed last week at a hearing of the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee, which he chairs. Some of the debts go back 10 years.

The Seneca Nation’s Niagara Falls casino owed the most, $22.8 million, followed by that nation’s gaming house in Salamanca with a $18.1 million debt, according to a list provided to Johnson by the Gaming Detail. The Niagara Falls and Salamanca units also cover the Seneca Nation’s Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in Buffalo, the Gaming Detail’s Web page says.

The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, operated by the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, was next with $14.3 million due to the state police, a debt it began accumulating as early as the third quarter of the state’s 1999-2000 fiscal year, the list showed.

The Oneida Indian Nation, operator of the Turning Stone Casino outside Verona, was last on the list with an arrears of $739,000, due for the quarter that began Oct. 1, 2009.

Here’s the report