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City Control Board Approves Fulton Street Sale

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – The Seneca Nation of Indians' plan to buy a two-block section of Fulton Street from the city gets the green light. First, the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority approved the sale by a margin of five to one, with casino opponent Joel Giambra casting the only no vote. And in Salamanca, the Seneca Tribal Council also approved the Fulton Street deal.

Control Board members say it's not their role to address the policy issues surrounding the casino proposal. They say their vote was limited to whether or not the sale of Fulton Street was financially sound.

Mayor Byron Brown was pleased with the outcome of the vote.

"We feel we had a strong case all along," Brown said. "This process has been very transparent and very open. The city has done its due diligence."

Also Thursday, the sale of Fulton Street was not blocked in a court case. State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Makowski denied a request to issue a preliminary injunction that would have delayed the transfer of Fulton Street to the Senecas.

Casino opponents were disappointed by the control board's vote. They say the city is selling Fulton Street for one-third of its real market value.