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Yudelson: Still waiting to hear from Senecas
Henrietta, N.Y. When news broke last week that a casino in Henrietta was being considered by the Seneca Nation of Indians, Michael Yudelson was surprised.
Theres been talk from time to time, said Yudelson. Never anything that was very serious or got to too far, but we were very surprised by the timing of the announcement and not being contacted ahead of time.
Yudelson did speak with the Senecas, but he says it was well before this announcement and did not provide even the slightest hint that the nation had its eyes on Henrietta.
They made a trip here and as I understood visited several towns at the same time as part of their discussions with Governor Cuomo, explained Yudelson. This was a year or two ago and they stopped and visited us and just told us about themselves, (and told us) were not looking at anything in particular in Henrietta, (they) just wanted to introduce themselves.
Yudelson would not say whether or not he supports the idea of a casino in the town because very little information has been released aside from the fact the Senecas have retained developer David Flaum.
There's good and bad with a casino you bring some different things to town that maybe people aren't looking, said Jack Moore, a Henrietta business owner who will face Yudelson in a September 10 Republican primary.
Most of the taxpayers whove spoken with Moore over the past week do not wanted the casino, said Moore. It may not matter.
The little bit of information we have so far is that the local authority doesnt have the power to stop it if the federal government and state want it to go there, said Yudelson.
Where would it go, how large would it be, and what kind of agreement could be reached between the town and Senecas should a casino come to fruition? These are the main questions being asked by Yudelson, his challenger, and the voters of Henrietta.