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City Lawmakers Approve Fulton Sale

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Common Council has agreed to sell a two-block stretch of Fulton Street to the Seneca Gaming Corporation.

Lawmakers voted six to three Tuesday in favor of selling Fulton to the Seneca Nation for $631,000 for a downtown casino. But three council members refused to support the resolution. North District lawmaker Joseph Golombek says he opposed the sale to a sovereign nation. He says the city already gave up too much land to the Seneca's.

South District council member Michael Kearns, and freshman Delaware district lawmaker Michael LoCurto also voted against the sale. But Council majority leader Nick Bonifacio, who supported the sale, says they have no choice. He says no matter what, the Seneca's still plan to build a downtown casino.

Joel Rose, with Citizens Against Casino Gaming, was disappointed with the council's vote. But he says for now, opponents only lost a scrimmage. The group continues their court fight against the sale of Fulton. They say the street is worth $1.8 million.

The final deal must still be approved by the Seneca Tribal Council and the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority.

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