Cuomo explores terms of revenues from Indian casinos

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Two decades ago, then-Gov. Mario Cuomo signed a pact that allowed the Oneida Nation to open New York’s first casino. The agreement didn’t entitle the state to share any of the revenues – unlike every other Indian-run casino and any video slot parlor/race track that’s opened since.

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Now, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration is exploring whether the Oneidas would be open to revenue sharing. Cuomo and lawmakers are considering a constitutional amendment to authorize up to seven non-Indian-run casinos, which could dramatically impact gambling competition.

Cuomo is also talking to Mohawk and Seneca nations that have been withholding revenue-sharing payments after claiming the state violated the zone of exclusivity guaranteed to them in pacts New York signed a decade ago.

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