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Seneca Nation Hopes to Manage $150M Casino in Upstate New York

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The Seneca Indian Nation is joining the competition to operate a commercial casino in New York State. The Senecas have partnered with Traditions Resort & Casino, developers of the Traditions at the Glen near Binghamton, New York, to target Broome County, part of the Southern Tier/Finger Lakes Region, The Albany-Times reported. Traditions brought Seneca Gaming Corporation on to manage Traditions at the Glen; the company has yet to identify its financial backers.

The Senecas are the fifth tribe involved in the New York State commercial casino race, but they are the only in-state tribe in the running, and their sights are set on a different area.

The Mohegan Tribe, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians are all vying for the Catskills-Hudson Valley Region, where two licenses are anticipated. Global Gaming Solutions, a commercial gaming business of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, aspires to manage the $300 million E23 ("Exit 23") facility in the Capital Region, off the Thruway in Albany, reported the Times-Union. The Chickasaw Nation operates 19 casinos, including the high-volume, world's largest gaming facility WinStar World Casino and Resort, which attracts visitors in droves from the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

The Traditions at the Glen has proposed building a $150-million casino in Broome County, with the Senecas managing it. "It makes sense….Seneca Gaming has become integral to the Western New York economy, adding valuable revenue and jobs to the areas they serve, and understands what we are trying to accomplish in the Southern Tier," said Bill Walsh, a partner at Traditions at the Glen.

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