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Coalition rails against new casino

Rochester, N.Y.As the Seneca Nation of Indians ponders its next gaming venture in the region, a new coalition is making its plea.

This is not anti-casino, what we're saying is, it is enough, stated former Rochester Mayor Bill Johnson.

Speaking at a press conference at the Rocheser Plaza Hotel, the No More Casinos Coalition discussed the saturation of casino gaming throughout the state and northeast United States.

We want Governor Cuomo to publically state that he will not cut a deal with the Seneca to put a FOURTH casino in Monroe County, or in our vicinity, stated the group in a press release.

The coalition is backed by Delaware North Corporation, which owns Finger Lakes Gaming, as well as Western Regional Off Track Betting.

Henrietta Supervisor Jack Moore met with both sides last week.

Most of the constituents here have said they dont want it, said Moore. Im not a gambler myself so Im not personally in favor of it, but from a business standpoint, in the commercial town that we are, we need to probably look at both sides of the proposal, Moore said.

No formal proposal has been introduced by the Seneca nation, nor have they applied for a casino with the federal Department of the Interior, according to a DOI official.

Depending on how the Seneca Nation plans to acquire the land for a casino, it appears as though public opposition could be enough to sway the Department of the Interior against approving such a project. Otherwise the Governor and DOI would work with the tribe to make it a reality, according to Henriettas town attorney.

The Secretary of the Department of the Interior would have to determine that a casino would be in the best interest of the tribe and no detriment to the community, said Dan Mastrella, citing DOI gaming regulations.

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