State: tribe's plans illegal

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The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe's proposal to send gaming revenues directly to north country communities is illegal, according to the governor. Gov. David A. Paterson's lawyer, Peter J. Kiernan, sent a letter to the tribe informing them that doing so would violate state finance law and the gaming compact that was signed in 1993. The letter should have been delivered by today, state officials said.