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Cuomo watch: Asking Indians to share the wealth

Two decades ago, then-Gov. Mario M. 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 revenue -- unlike every other Indian-run casino and any video slot parlor/racetrack that's opened since.

Now, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's administration is exploring whether the Oneidas would be open to revenue sharing, sources told Newsday. That comes as Cuomo and lawmakers are considering a constitutional amendment to authorize up to seven non-Indian-run casinos, which could dramatically affect gambling competition. Cuomo also is talking to Mohawk and Seneca nations that have been withholding revenue-sharing payments because of the dispute over taxes on cigarettes sold on reservations.

-- Yancey Roy

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