Governor Sued Over Casino Deal

08.20.13 | Bob Price

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature have been sued over the landmark deal that gave the Oneida Indian Nation a casino monopoly in Central New York. The Oneida County towns of Vernon and Verona say Cuomo did not have authority to make the deal, which also settles land claim issues and requires the Oneidas to pay a portion of their slot machine proceeds.  In return, the deal allows the Oneidas to put up to 25,000 acres into tax-exempt trust status, and gives their Turning Stone casino a monopoly in 10 counties of Central New York. Turning Stone sits in the town of Verona.  A state Supreme Court judge in Albany has signed an order requiring the defendants to appear in court Sept. 13.