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Two Local Congressmen Oppose Buffalo Casino

By Mark Wozniak

Washington, DC – Two local congressmen have come out in opposition to that a casino in downtown Buffalo.

John LaFalce, D-Tonawanda, fears casino plans that include retail shops and restaurants could drive out any remaining businesses out of downtown.

Amo Houghton, R-Corning, says a gambling facility would attract what he calls the wrong element to Buffalo. His congressional district includes the Indian reservations of the Seneca Nation, who want to build a casino in Buffalo and another in Niagara Falls.

Potential developers disagree, saying the congressmen have not been a part of the planning process. Casino developer Northstar Development says their plan would be to integrate the casino with Buffalo's theater and nightclub districts.

The Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs must approve any casino pact between the state and the Seneca Nation of Indians.

The Seneca Indian Nation is scheduled to vote May 14th on whether to move forward and build the western New York casinos.