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NIAGARA FALLS - The Seneca Nation of Indians on Wednesday shot back at Mayor Paul A. Dyster, a day after he suggested the city could stop fire service to Seneca Niagara Casino.
"I would like to believe that Mayor Dyster is a responsible, reasonable leader and would not allow hundreds of casino employees, tourists, diners or national performers to be at risk in Niagara Falls in our property," Seneca President Robert Odawi Porter said in a statement.
Porter called Dyster's suggestion a "grossly misguided public relations statement" and said the Senecas have brought much-needed tourism activity to the Falls.
It would be a terrible shame if this kind of statement, sadly delivered on a day of national mourning, deterred people from coming to the Falls altogether," Porter said.
Dyster emphasized that despite $60 million in unpaid casino revenue from the Senecas, the city would continue to deliver fire service.
But, he said, the city needs to "make clear to the Seneca Nation, we're not powerless in this situation, and we're going to use those tools available to us to force some sort of rapid solution to this problem."