The Journal Register (Medina, NY)


February 11, 2014

Batavia joins casino opposition

Medina Journal-Register — BATAVIA — The Batavia City Council joined four county legislatures in opposing plans by the Seneca Nation of Indians to build a gambling facility in Monroe County.

On Monday, the council joined the Genesee, Orleans, Niagara and Wyoming county legislatures in objecting to Seneca Nation casino development, reportedly in Henrietta.

Opposition is being lined up by the Western Region Off Track Betting Corporation, which is owned and operated by 15 Western New York counties and the cities of Rochester and Buffalo. WROTB, based in Batavia, owns and operates 31 branches and the Batavia Downs racetrack and gaming facility. Municipal owners all get an annual share of WROTB's profits — which the corporation's chief operating officer, Michael Nolan, warns an Indian-run casino would cut into.

Opponents "see that a tax-free, Las Vegas-style gaming facility in Monroe County would have a negative impact on the Western New York region," he said. "WROTB’s municipalities have a vested financial interest in the success of our operations, and we will continue to work cooperatively with each of them to oppose this expansion."

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