SC Supervisors slam latest Oneida lawsuit

For residents of Seneca County the opposition to the Lago Resort & Casino has become redundant. On Tuesday, the Oneida Nation filed another lawsuit, which would work to nullify the decision made by the selection committee — removing the gaming license that was issued at the end of 2015. This comes days after Thomas Wilmot Sr., hosted a beam signing at the site of the Lago Resort & Casino on Friday.While Wilmot said in an interview with FingerLakes1.com that litigation is completely ordinary for this type of process, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors issued a strong statement against the latest lawsuit. Chairman Gary Westfall, Majority Leader Robert Shipley and Minority Leader Cindy Garlick Lorenzetti all issued a joint-statement condemning the latest lawsuit — characterizing it as frivolous and unnecessary.In part their statement said the latest lawsuit from the Oneida’s was, “against the people and best interests of Seneca County.” It went on to point out that, Seneca County “has never received one cent from any casino or gaming facility,” in New York State, which is precisely why this litigation is one sided and only benefits the Oneida’s and their operations at Turning Stone Resort, as well as the Yellow Brick Road casino. Their statement went on pointing out that the only loser in this entire process is Seneca County, if they are stripped of the gaming license. It continued, “We are outside the 10-county exclusivity zone that was created for the Oneidas. So they don’t have to provide us with any revenue, as they do those 10 counties in their exclusivity zone. And now they want to prevent Seneca County from receiving any revenue from Lago Resort & Casino.”The Oneida’s are not directly affiliated with the group in Tyre, aptly named CasinoFree Tyre. Both organizations though share a goal of ensuring that the Lago Resort & Casino does not become a reality in Seneca County. Shortly after the beam signing a sign appeared across the road from the site of Lago, which urged caution moving forward as “justice” was still in progress.

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