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Seneca Gaming officials won't attend Henrietta meeting

Rochester Business Journal
March 18, 2014

Representatives from the Seneca Gaming Corp. will not attend the Henrietta town board meeting Wednesday, saying the board’s decision to take action against a proposed casino development before plans could be developed with community input was premature.

Henrietta Supervisor Jack Moore has said he would introduce a resolution at the meeting to express opposition to a casino in the town and to urge state and federal officials, who have decision-making authority, to deny permission for casino gambling in Henrietta.

Seneca Gaming officials said in a statement they felt it was of little benefit to make a public presentation at this point and they would comment further after the board votes on the resolution.
 
On March 3, the gaming corporation announced it had purchased 32 acres of land on Clay Road as a potential casino development site. Based on preliminary projections, the corporation was focusing on a $200 million project to be built in phases, which would create 2,000 jobs and generate millions in additional revenue for state and local governments.

“Private investment and jobs are the cornerstones of economic development and growth, and that is what a partnership with Seneca Gaming Corp. represents. Our track record in those areas speaks for itself,” said Kevin Seneca, chairman of the Seneca Gaming, in a statement. “The benefits of a new Seneca development are far greater than that. We provide partnership opportunities for local businesses and educational and civic organizations. Those partnerships, in turn, create and support additional employment, educational and economic opportunities throughout the community.”

Seneca Gaming employs 4,000 workers at its three properties in Western New York – Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls, Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel in Salamanca in the Southern Tier and Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in Buffalo.

The company has said that, were the project to move forward, it hopes to explore development opportunities with local partners in connection with a proposed development, including opportunities to expand the local tax base by having partners develop potential amenities to the casino, including hotels, restaurants and retail.

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