Rochester-area town board says ‘no’ to casino

HENRIETTA, N.Y. (AP) — Town board members in a Rochester suburb have approved a resolution opposing the establishment of a casino in the town.

Wednesday’s 4-0 vote by the Henrietta Town Board comes 16 days after the Seneca Nation of Indians announced they had bought 32 acres in a commercial district off Interstate 390, just south of Rochester.

The tribe’s casino operator, the Seneca Gaming Corp., has said there are no specific plans yet for parcel. But the land is located near Thruway Exit 46 and Seneca officials believe it’s ideal for a casino and hotel. The Senecas operate casinos in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Salamanca.

The Henrietta site is within an area of New York where, under an agreement with the state, the Senecas have exclusive rights to operate casinos.

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