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Gov delivers casino funds to 3 WNY cities
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has spent the day traveling among three western New York cities with casinos to deliver gambling revenue that was withheld by the Seneca Nation of Indians during a four-year dispute with the state.
Cuomo's first stop Wednesday morning was the Seneca Niagara casino in the city of Niagara Falls. Afterward, he headed to Buffalo, followed by a trip farther south to Salamanca, near the Pennsylvania border.
Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder Sr. joined Cuomo at each stop as the governor handed over the nearly $140 million the tribe owes the three cities. Niagara Falls received the biggest check: $89 million.
Cuomo and Snyder announced last month that the Senecas would resume sharing the tribe's casino revenues with the state. The tribe suspended the payments in 2009.