NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Niagara Falls Police Chief Bryan Dalporto says the Niagara Falls Police Department responds to up to 10 calls a day at the Seneca Niagara Casino, from larcenies to violent felonies.
But because the casino is on sovereign land, the Seneca Nation doesn’t pay property taxes
Dalporto says it’s unfair to the taxpayers in the city, and he says it’s been that way for the past 3 years since an arrangement the casino had with State Police ended.
Dalporto says the casino is like it’s own self contained city and he says the police department would need at least a dozen officers at the casino everyday 7 days a week to accommodate all the calls. He says there’s enough officers to respond to calls but when they’re at the casino it leaves other areas of the cataract city unprotected.
“An average police call in the best scenario is probably about an hour depending on what kind of paper work maybe two hours, so it’s extending an awful lot of man power and awful lot of hours of the officers and quite frankly it’s leaving us in a position where the rest of the city is going unprotected in terms of police patrol because they’re tied up at the casino,” said Bryan Dalporto, Niagara Falls Police Chief.
The Seneca Nation says the state receives a significant amount of revenue sharing from them, and says the state is required to pay a percentage to the city of Niagara Falls for costs such as public safety. The Seneca Nation says it has no role in deciding how the state and city allocates the funding.