BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The head of the Seneca Indians has accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo of engaging in "playground bully tactics" over their casino disagreement.
Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder sharply criticized Cuomo in a prepared statement on Friday, a day after the governor said the Senecas could lose their ability to operate casinos after their compact expires in 2016.
At issue is more than $500 million in casino payments the Senecas have withheld from the state since 2009. The tribe claims New York violated a contract with the tribe by allowing video slot gambling in its exclusive territory. The tribe runs casinos in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Salamanca.
Cuomo wants to expand casino gambling in New York.
Snyder says the Seneca Nation has acted in good faith.