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Bronson on casino concept: Not far-fetched
Henrietta, N.Y. -- Neither the people of Henrietta nor their local leaders had an idea that their town could be a potential casino site.
That was until Tuesday when the Seneca Tribe of Indians announced that it had retained local developer David Flaum to pursue a new gaming venture in Henrietta.
Not everybody in this area likes to drive around to Syracuse and Buffalo, said George Pateras, co-owner of the Lehigh Restaurant.
The Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls is 80 miles from Henrietta, the Oneida Indian owned Turning Stone Resort and Casino is more than 100 miles from Henrietta.
We have to look to people in the community and see if they really want this, said Harry Bronson (D-138) who represents Henrietta.
He was among many local leaders who did not know of the Senecas plans in advance, but said that is not a surprise.
To have developers out there and the Senecas who have been involved in gaming for a lot of years put together some ideas, Im not surprised by that, explained Bronson said he has voted twice for expanded gaming in New York state. Now what has to happen is the folks who will be impacted by this need to get together and talk about what the potential proposals could be and move forward in the right direction with everybody on-board.
News of a possible casino in Henrietta comes just over one month after the state reached an agreement with the Seneca tribe to resolve a multi-year dispute.
The governors office would not offer comment, neither would Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks or Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-Fairport). Sen. Charles Schumers office did not respond.