Three Western New York cities were in the money today.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today was joined Seneca Nation President Barry E. Snyder, Sr., to present a checks to Niagara Falls, Salamanca and Buffalo.
The first check, for $89 million, was presented to the City of Niagara Falls, delivering the first payment as part of the landmark agreement reached in June that resolved a multi-year dispute between the State and the Nation.
"By working together and both sides coming to the table in the spirit of collaboration and respect, the State and Seneca Nation of Indians were able to end years of dispute and reach an agreement that is a major victory for all parties involved," Governor Cuomo said. "Today we are delivering a much needed payment to the City of Niagara Falls, restoring funding that will be a critical help to the local community. This agreement marks the beginning of a new chapter between the Seneca Nation of Indians, the City of Niagara Falls, and New York State, built on trust and mutual respect and I thank President Snyder for his partnership."
Seneca Nation of Indians President Barry Snyder said, "We have been very successful building a billion dollar gaming business right here in Western New York, with our Seneca Niagara, Seneca Allegany and Seneca Buffalo Creek facilities. In the process, we have created thousands of jobs for Senecas and non-Senecas alike, and have become an important business partner for several local companies, thereby supporting thousands of additional jobs in the local economy. On behalf of the Seneca Nation, we appreciate the Governor's continued commitment to the economic revitalization of Western New York and recognizing the Seneca Nation's gaming enterprises as an important component for continuation of our region's growth and transformation."
Later, a $15.5 million check was presented to the city of Buffalo and this afternoon to Salamanca for $34 million.
"With more than $34 million in funding, the City of Salamanca will be able to shore up its finances and improve services, with the goal of attracting new residents and businesses. This partnership between the Seneca Nation, the City of Salamanca and state government will go a long way to establishing a resurgent Western New York," Cuomo said.