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February 22, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed giving a cash-strapped western New York city $2.5 million to make up for payments being withheld by the Seneca Indian Nation in a dispute with the state over gambling rights.
The payment is among amendments Cuomo issued Thursday to his proposed budget. It would help Salamanca cover the 40 percent of its annual budget that's relied on money from the Senecas, who operate a casino in the Cattaraugus County city.
Salamanca hasn't been paid for more than three years. The Senecas say New York's approval of slot machines at racetracks and the video game Moxie Mania in bars violated an agreement giving the tribe exclusive rights to gambling in the region.
The Senecas also operate casinos in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. The dispute is in arbitration.
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