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Job Seekers Lined up for Casino Applications

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – Despite the controversy surrounding the need for a third Western New York casino, the Seneca Nation is promising to create 1,000 new jobs for Buffalo.

Job seekers who want to work at the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino lined up for applications at the Adams Mark Hotel Thursday.

"We had 200 people lined up outside the door before we even started," said Pantano.

Seneca Gaming Corporation spokesman Phil Pantano says more than 700 people attended their employment preview. At the actual casino site in downtown Buffalo only preliminary construction work is under way. But Pantano says the Seneca's promise to create a $125 million casino and they need plenty of employees.

"When Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino opens we are going to need a full staff, not only gaming department, but everything that goes on behind the scenes," said Pantano.

Casino jobs range from slot and table game operators, to food service. finances and security. Most who were shopping around for a new job, where casino supporters. Joe Lascola, a retired Buffalo Police officer, wants to apply for a security job. He says he has no problem working at a city casino.

"I welcome the casino in downtown Buffalo. We need something like this. Other than the HSBC Arena, there is not enough in the downtown area," Lascola said.

"This just seemed like a good opportunity. I came down and hope for the best," noted Mootry.

Robert Mootry was in search of a possible public relations job. Mootry says he is not a big fan of gambling, but enjoys working with people and believes the casino is the perfect venue for him. Brenda Davis says she was thrilled to see job opportunities. She returned Buffalo and is unemployed.

"I have been unemployed for a year. I had moved to Louisiana, but came back to Buffalo just before the storm," said Davis.

Since the Seneca's opened casinos in Niagara Falls and Salamanca, they have employed close to 4,000 workers. Another woman named Renee says she was surprised by the variety of jobs beyond gaming. She worked for 18 years in special education and is now looking for a change.

"Marketing, finances or clerical, that type of a job. I am not much into gambling, so that is not intriguing to me," said Renee of Buffalo.

Renee says from what was revealed, the pay scale for some of the jobs was average, but believes the corporation would provide opportunity to grow.