Seneca Nation Drops Rochester Casino Plans
The Seneca Nation is dropping plans for a casino in Henrietta.
Seneca President Barry Snyder says that if the opportunity for a Rochester area casino comes up down the road - and the community is supportive - they may revisit the idea.
Municipalities across Western New York lobbied against any Rochester-area casino in order to protect the interests of facilities like Batavia Downs.
Western Regional OTB which operates Batavia Downs released a statement this afternoon.
Executive Vice President and COO Michael Nolan says, “Clearly the Seneca Nation has heard the will of the people and responded accordingly.” He said if it does propose a Monroe County casino again in the future OTB will “once again emphatically oppose such a plan.”
Warsaw Charged with Scheme to Defraud
When residents handed over donations to Anthony Hare of Warsaw, they thought their money was going to support a young child with cancer.
Now Warsaw Police say the 38-year-old Hare kept the money for himself and never gave donations to the family.
Along with two other women, police say Hare went door-to-door collecting funds for the child but allegedly did not turn the money over.
He is charged with Petit Larceny and Scheme to Defraud.
Families who think they donated money to the family through Hare are asked to call Warsaw Police.
There’s been a lot of buzz this week about a possible Bills Stadium in Batavia or Genesee County, but all news is very preliminary at this time.
Possible Batavia Bills Stadium Proposal
The Bills still need new owners and the state recently hired a California firm to analyze possible sites likely including both Erie and Niagara Counties.
Local real estate developer Tony Mancuso, though, proposed the idea to the county and the Economic Development Center as a way to keep the Bills in Western New York. To him the question is, “Why not Batavia?”
“I just think we’re a perfect location,” Mancuso said. “We all know why Batavia’s here – it’s the center of Western New York. We are the perfect spot. We’ve been prepping this land for a long time.”
The proposed site is north of the Thruway off of Route 98 in the Town of Batavia.
County Manager Jay Gsell says there are ways to make Batavia a feasible site such as designing a game-day traffic pattern on the Thruway and creating space that is shovel-ready with utilities for possible developers. He says, though it’s early, it’s an idea officials have gotten behind.
“This is strictly a business opportunity when it comes right down to it,” Gsell said. “This is a business proposition that has multiplier effects in the community – or any community that it’s in, like what’s going on in Orchard Park today – so it’s all about location, location, location.”
Mancuso is excited by the prospect of a Batavia Bills stadium, but also wants to temper expectations until more information is known.
“We’re promoting the site,” he said. “I’m not talking about building a stadium; I’m not looking to do that. We’re promoting the site that a stadium should be built at. The state and (Erie) County and whatever the powers that be will make the final decision on who’s going to build it and who’s going to own it.”
Right now it’s unclear what the firm is working on or even what it is evaluating.
There could be more information in the next few weeks about that report which the firm will present to the state.
Bills ownership might remain the biggest question in the short-term, rather than new stadium construction.
Final Procedural Hurdle Cleared for WNY Veterans Cemetery
The last hurdle has been cleared and now the VA is expected to make a decision on a federal veteran's cemetery location soon.
Senator Chuck Schumer’s office announces that environmental tests for three proposed locations have been completed with “no significant findings.” Schumer says that means the VA can go forward with making a decision on a site.
Schumer’s office also relays that the Indian Falls Road, Pembroke location is the favorite and that he expects a decision “very soon.”
Leaders have been calling for a WNY veteran’s cemetery because the closest one currently is Bath, making it difficult for the families of veterans to travel to honor loved ones.