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Grassroots Group Files Suit to Halt Cheektowaga Casino

By Associated Press

Buffalo, NY – A grassroots group has filed suit against the proposed Seneca casino near the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

The group argues that intensive environmental reviews and a public vote are legally required before the project in Cheektowaga can move forward.

The suit was filed by Citizens Opposing New Casinos on Existing Residential Neighborhoods, or CONCERN. The organization has been battling for months against placing a Seneca casino near residential neighborhoods.

Tim Sherry of CONCERN says the casino would be the largest project ever built in Erie County without an in-depth, independent review of such issues as traffic, congestion, safety and pollution.

The suit argues that state and town officials must order the environmental studies that are routine for any large building proposal.